Cathedral Congregation Advent Giving 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018 | 8:30am

The season of love and caring for our neighbors continues as the Cathedral Congregation again joins with six community partners to make this Christmas season brighter for over 200 children in need throughout the Washington community.

After each service on Sundays, November 25 through December 9, you can select a tag from the Advent Giving Trees located in the rear of the Nave. Each tag will provide the child’s age and gender. Or you may wish to adopt a family with several children, thus ensuring that each child in that family receives a gift this Christmas. All gifts must be collected by December 9 for distribution to our Advent Partners.

How to Give

Choose a tag from the Advent Giving Trees with details on each child’s age and gender. A list of suggested, age-appropriate gifts will be available.

FOR AN INDIVIDUAL CHILD: All gifts for individual children should be new and unwrapped (or in an open gift bag). Please include the original gift tag when you bring the gift.

FOR THE ADOPT-A-FAMILY OPTION: If you adopt an entire family, each gift should be new and individually wrapped.  All gifts for a family should be returned together – with the original gift request list – in the special bag provided so that they can be given to the specific family that you selected.

When to Deliver

Drop-off of your gifts—with the original Advent Giving tag attached—before and after Sunday morning services on December 2 and December 9. All gifts must be collected by December 9 for timely distribution to our Advent Partners.

What to Give  

Gifts for Girls and Boys – Toddlers to Teenagers
Some of our Advent Partners have carefully selected the “wish lists”—by age and gender—for individual children and youth. Others welcome your selection of an age-appropriate gift. Gift lists include toys (including educational toys), books, athletic gear, clothing, and gift cards. If you wish to contribute toward funding for gift cards, you may do so at the Advent table on Sunday December 2 and 9. Cash and checks welcome. Make checks out to Washington National Cathedral with Giving Tree in the memo line.

Bright Beginnings Pre-school: Look for tags on the Advent Giving Tree to choose a special gift for 20 specific infant to 2-year-old boys & girls who live in crisis shelter or transitional housing.

Cathedral Scholars Program: Your contribution of a $25 Amazon gift card will help defray expenses incurred by the 50 student Scholars from D.C. high schools as they work throughout the year to strengthen their college readiness skills and college access prospects.

Community of Hope: Your contribution of gift cards (e.g., Walmart, Target, Best Buy) will enable parents of children affected by homelessness to purchase gifts and food for their children this Christmas.

Covenant Baptist/UCC: Select a Covenant tag to provide a gift for a girl or boy—toddler through high school. Our goal is to offer gifts for 100 children whose families participate in the Covenant Foodbank.

Episcopal Church of the AtonementLook for gift tags for children—toddlers to teenagers—who will select a Christmas gift during Atonement’s “Birthday Party for Jesus.”

Friendship Place: Adopt a FamilyThrough this program, members may provide gifts for an entire family—up to four children. The Congregation is adopting 15 families. Look for special envelopes on the smaller Family Advent Tree on the Advent Giving table. Each envelope will note the number of children in that family. Inside will be a list of suggested gifts for that specific family as well as instructions for returning the gifts to ensure that they can be delivered to the appropriate family.


Volunteer to help with gift collection on Sundays and to deliver gifts to our Advent Partners by December 13: Email [email protected]

  • Dates Offered
    • January 1, 1970 |