Please Help the Homeless this Christmas Eve

For over 27 seasons, the St. Giles community has generously and willingly served the local homeless community providing a full dinner with all the trimmings, festive decorations and personal gifts. This Christmas, we may be returning to a bit more of what we know as “normal,” yet the needs of those we serve remain. In a continuing effort to protect them and our parishioners, the St. Giles community will keep in place the plan we implemented last year.

On Christmas Eve, we will provide dinners and gifts to our brothers and sisters at Franciscan Outreach in Pilsen and Housing Forward in Oak Park, but we will continue to do so in a safe and socially distanced environment. We ask that this Christmas, more than ever, you help us to bring the joy of the season to the homeless.


  • 100 newly purchased wrapped sweaters (no used sweaters, please). Mark the outside of the box with the following: M (men), W (woman) and the size. Please note that 90% of the people we serve are men, size L or XL. Please deliver gifts to MY HOUSE by Wednesday, December 22.
  • Cooked, whole turkeys/hams.
  • Rolls and butter, corn, paper plates, cups and silverware.
  • Milk and pop. All food and dinnerware should delivered to my home (see address below) by 2 pm on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24.
  • About 20 Children’s gifts. These do not need to be wrapped, but should be delivered to MY HOUSE by Sunday, December 19.


Please consider donating a $25.00 gift card to a local grocery or clothing retailer and our elves will do the shopping. If you’d prefer to write a check, please make it payable to St. Giles, marked “homeless” and deliver to the Parish Center. Donations can also be made through GiveCentral by using the link / button below.



Please reach out; I’d love to hear from you. My information follows:

  • 312-848-3998 – cell
  • 630 N. Elmwood, Oak Park – There will be a box on my porch for gifts!

We are deeply grateful for your kindness. Wishing you and yours a healthy and Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!

Lynn Farrell