Corpus Christi Parish will conduct a special event this week called “Santa Claus Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, off Carey Street.
Unwrapped toys, dolls, games, balls, hoodies, art supplies, bikes, scooters or a gift card for a child are sought. St. Joseph Center, which is partnering with Corpus, will wrap the items and distribute them to children and families served by the center.
The Parish has sponsored this toy collection for many years.
Corpus is also aiding Homeboy Industries, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides a second chance and safe space for young individuals, who have been incarcerated or involved with gangs. An 18-month training certification program teaches participants essential skills and helps the youth rebuild their lives.
Homeboy is planning a CAR-nival for clients, staff and families. A parking lot will be set up as the 12 Days of Christmas, where homeboys and their families will drive through the stations to receive food, toys, clothes and household items.
To facilitate the CAR-nival, Corpus is collecting household cleaning products, including kitchen cleaners, sponges, hand sanitizer, detergent (pods) as well as tissues, paper towels, diapers and baby wipes.
All Palisades residents are invited to participate in these events by providing a toy or other needed item.