Families in Shelters are saving every dollar possible to move into a more stable home environment. Often there is no extra money available for a luxury like exchanging gifts during the holidays. Each year “Circle of Giving” gives children in area shelters the opportunity to experience some holiday cheer.
Once again The Cooperative Ministry is teaming up with Eastminster Presbyterian Church for this wonderful event.
In December, volunteers will drive church buses to area shelters to pick up the children. The kids are taken to the church campus for a party. There, they do arts and crafts, eat yummy treats, dance to festive tunes and wrap gifts that have been donated to give to their immediate family members. The goal is for these children to forget about the struggles of their daily lives for a few minutes and just be kids.
If you ask people who’ve taken part, they will tell you that “Circle of Giving” is a life- changing experience.
Let’s make this year’s event the best one yet. Please consider giving gifts, wrapping paper, or monetary donations so we can shop for local children who are growing up in some very difficult circumstances.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifts should be in the $10 range, unwrapped and non-perishable.
(if gifts need batteries please include them)
Baby dolls, cars, trucks, balls, stuffed animals and talking toys
Race cars, Hot Wheels, simple board games, art & crafts, puzzles
“Polly pocket” games, cars, trucks, board games, footballs, basketballs.
Nerf Frisbees and other items, footballs, basketballs, jackets
Funky pocketbooks & tote bags
Make-up kits, nail polish kits, bath gel/bubble bath kits, purses, necklaces, earrings
Footballs, basketballs, collegiate items (Clemson or Carolina), sports watches, radios with batteries
Watches, aftershave and toiletry kits (deodorant, spray, body wash), wallets/billfolds, baseball caps
Make up kits, nail polish (manicure/pedicure) kits, bath gel/lotion kits, perfume, purses, necklaces, earrings and jewelry sets, watches
Items that are discouraged:
Toy weapons; clothing, shoes etc. because the children don’t know sizes; slippers & work gloves because the children do not select them as gifts; breakable items (vases, mirrors, bowels); items that are too small/ insignificant to be a gift on their own (happy meal toys etc.)