The Angel Tree Ministry, started 26 years ago by Martha Bookout, will continue to serve the St. Matthew community during the 2018 Christmas Season. The Angel Tree Ministry collects gifts generously donated by our parishioners and coordinates with participating charities to distribute them to local families in need.

We encourage you to learn more about these wonderful organizations.


Beginning Friday evening, Nov. 16, through 5:30 pm Mass on Sunday, Nov. 18, angels will be available on trees located in the narthex and in the entrance closest to St. Matthew School.

Please return your gifts to the narthex on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, before or after any Mass.

Some reminders …..

  • Gifts must be UNWRAPPED, this is for security at St. Matthew and at each organization.
  • Gifts may be placed in gift bags as long as the gift is visible.
  • Securely fasten the angel with tape to the corresponding gift.
  • Gift cards may be returned to a basket at the welcome desk in the narthex.


If you have any questions please email Tiffany Staples.


Serving families, seniors and individuals in need during the Christmas season with gifts and gift cards.

Description of agencies served: Sterling Elementary, Smithfield Elementary, Hawk Ridge Elementary, Eastway Middle School, Holy Angels, Mental Health Adolescent Department, and Thompson Children’s Home, all in Mecklenburg County. In Union County we support Missionaries of the Poor and Union County Social Services

Volunteer Opportunities

Setting up trees in the narthex the weekend prior to Thanksgiving; transporting gifts from church to sorting location; and sorting and delivery to the groups.

Time Commitment

The process begins the weekend before Thanksgiving with the placing of the individual angels on the trees in the narthex, and as gifts arrive they are brought to sorting location after each Mass or during the week. This is usually a three-week time period. Delivery to groups: volunteers pick up gifts at sorting location and deliver to groups, none of which is more than 45 minutes from St. Matthew. You do not need to sign up to provide a gift, please just take an angel from the trees when they are displayed.

To sign up for the Angel Tree committee or for more information, please call Tiffany Staples at 704-200-8211.

New to volunteering at St. Matthew? Please read our Safe Environment Policy.