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|
|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|
|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|
|fidget and snap toys||rock art|
|Ages 14 to 18|
|mechanical pencils||popsockets||cosmetic sponges and brushes|
|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.
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 email@example.com to see how you can help.
Check back in Summer 2022 for updated information!