The spirit of giving has been alive at Saint Ignatius for many years. Starting over twenty years ago during Advent, there was a tree, called the Jesse Tree, with paper ornaments representing various stories in the Bible leading up to the birth of Jesus. Written on the reverse side of each ornament was an item, such as gloves, hats, and scarfs, for donors to buy as a Christmas gift for people served by the homeless ministry. Several years ago, Norma Hyder, who coordinates this ministry, expanded the program to provide $25 grocery gift cards for women and children served by My Sister’s Place.