Santa Shop

Early in the fall our elves begin the work of contacting local businesses and donors to secure age appropriate gifts for client children ranging in age from birth to 18.

Cash donations are needed to complete the needs for gifts for all age groups.  Donate Online!


Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Ages 0 to 4
arts & crafts toddler books mittens
finger paints toddler toys hats
shower crayons flash cards playdough
puzzles bubbles playdough tools
matching card games sticker books character band aids
stacking cups mini coloring books socks
bath toys water wow markers
Ages 5 to 8
sidewalk chalk matchbox cars mittens
temporary tattoos card game (age appropriate) hair ties
fidget and snap toys mini building sets bows
hand lotions scratch n sniff or puffy stickers headbands
putty (silly or magnetic) jump ropes bracelets
slinkys finger puppets necklaces
washable markers pencils nail file
playing cards/card games hats nail polish
mini coloring books arts & crafts socks
drawstring bag (Use as stocking?) puzzles
Ages 9 to 13
mini sports plastic characters playing cards/card games lip balm
mad libs jump ropes bracelets
rubix cubes arts & crafts gloves
army men puzzles hats
spinning tops journals socks
fidget and snap toys rock art
Ages 14 to 18
mechanical pencils popsockets cosmetic sponges and brushes
charging pads lanyards loofah
mini games arts & crafts pedicure sets
touch screen gloves puzzles gloves
playing cards/card games bath bombs hats
cell phone holders body spray socks
sticky notes body lotion


In addition, a supply of gifts are available for children to select to have wrapped and give their parents.  Stuffed stockings are available for everyone.

You can be a part of this exciting and very satisfying event by volunteering to:

  • Join the elves in the Fall to begin procuring gifts
  • Organize gifts as donations begin
  • Pick up gifts at gift sites and take them to the organization station
  • Make and stuff age appropriate stockings
  • Provide crafts on Santa Shop Day
  • Be Santa/Dancing dreidel
  • Set up the Santa Shop
  • Assist clients in gift selection
  • And more!


Since 2002 client families who desire a turkey for Thanksgiving Day have been given a turkey along with all the trimmings necessary to the traditional holiday feast.  In recent years the economy has challenged our ability to continue this tradition.  However with the help of several SE Michigan vendors and generous donations from donors we have been able to meet the need.  You can help by donating shelf stable items for the holiday meal or by making a cash donation to assist us in purchasing.

  • Turkeys
  • Butter
  • Celery/Carrots/Potatoes/Onions
  • Eggs

A donation of $25.00 will provide the turkey and all the fixings for a family of four.

To add to your enjoyment of the holidays consider volunteering to work during the organization of holiday food or during the very busy distribution time that occurs during the month of November.

Back to School

July and August find the pantry reaching beyond the usual food needs to help all client children begin the school year with necessary schools supplies and a feeling of excitement and belonging.

Donations of the following are needed:

  • Sturdy backpacks
  • School supplies (list the list here or provide a link to lists for age appropriate groups)
  • Haircut certificates
  • Gift Cards for basic clothing needs

Volunteers to stuff and distribute the backpacks and supplies are needed to work in special teams in late July and August.  Schedules vary.  Please contact to see how you can help.

Check back in Summer 2022 for updated information!