Community Support During the Holiday Season

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Project Reindeer Rosebud


Because we are unable to host our annual Cookie Walk event that benefits folks at Two Strike, we are again launching “Project Reindeer Rosebud” to help us guide our way through the fog of Covid-19 to bring Christmas to every girl and boy age or at heart at the Rosebud reservation. We will not be sending comforters this year but have chosen three valuable ministries to support: The Tree of Life, Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud and Panther’s Clothes Closet. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with these ministry partners to help bring hope and light amidst the fog to those at Rosebud!

We chose these three organizations because they work collaboratively in the Rosebud community for the survival and success of all of their people. Here is a brief overview of these groups’ commitment to the Lakota families:

  • Tree of Life Ministry is an organization serving Lakota families located on the Rosebud Reservation with food, clothing, and love. They serve 300+ lunch meals per day.  They are blessed to have enough food and clothing donations, however, they do not have enough food containers to serve the meals to those in need. They have asked us to provide a supply of food containers so they may continue their ministry.

  • Panther’s Clothes Closet is located in and operated by the Rosebud Elementary School. They provide clothing and school supplies to all of their students. The Panther’s Clothes Closet works in conjunction with Tree of Life if a family is short on food. They discretely assist their students with the necessities of life to be successful students. No child is left behind and without. Holy Cross will be making a monetary donation to assist them in purchasing items for their clothes closet. 

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud. Their mission statement is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. They provide transportation for students, provide after-school tutoring and teach outreach through community involvement. 

How you can help! 


This is our 13th annual drive for our Rosebud families and your past donations have made a significant difference in the Lakota lives. We thank you. For this fundraiser, consider how you can make your donation. Make a donation for how much you spent on making or purchasing cookies, purchasing gift basket tickets, or buying ornaments for comforters. Whatever donation you contribute will be greatly appreciated. You can make your donation through the Holy Cross website at Donations will be accepted through Sunday, December 12.


If you make a donation, your name will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $50 Mainstreet Libertyville gift certificate as our thank you for your kind outreach and support of our Lakota families. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, December 15, and notified shortly thereafter. In advance, thank you for your thoughtful assistance for this fundraiser.


Peace and Blessings,

Karla Boucek, Therese Delli Paoli, Melanie Houser, Gail Kelly, Carole Kenney, Amanda Komaschka, Joyce Kveton, Patty Moyer and Joyce Twardock. If you have any questions or comments, contact Therese Delli Paoli (847) 921-4223 or

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The Giving Tree


​The Holy Cross congregation will again be reaching out to families and individuals in need in our community through our annual Giving Tree program.

Gift Items for COOL

Gift items benefit families in the COOL Transitional Housing program in Waukegan. This year because of Covid-19, rather than choosing gift tags in person from an actual Giving Tree, you may select gifts that you would like to fulfill from an online list of requests available at

Please wrap each gift individually and return to the fellowship area on Sundays between worship services in its own bag with your name and the item contained in the package clearly marked on the outside of each bag.

Deadline to return gift donations: Wednesday, December 1


Holiday Meal Boxes for COOL Ministries Food Pantry

​With the need this year being greater than ever, COOL Ministries is preparing to provide food assistance for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to thousands of people in Lake County. You can make a $20 donation towards a meal box online on the Holy Cross website at Please donate by Sunday, December 12.


Gift-a-Card for LSSI

Share some love this Christmas and "Gift-a-Card" for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. 

There will be a wrapped present donation box located on the Welcome Center in the Fellowship Area for the duration of November. $25 gift cards for Walmart, Target, Amazon, or Walgreens may be dropped into the "gift" and they will be collected and shared with LSSI for their clients. Or you can make a donation towards gift cards online at


“Gift-a-Card” and make the holiday a bit more special! Please donate by Sunday, December 5.

Thank you for your generous support!