Giving Back – Items for Homeless


As is our annual tradition, we are partnering with Rev. McCuish’s school to collect items for the local homeless shelters.  This year, again, we will be collecting a number of items that can be brought to our church for donation until December 18th.

This past Sunday, Rev. McCuish shared the need of the most inexpensive item necessary for the local homeless shelters – socks!  While many others are quick to donate jackets, clothes and other necessities (not to undermine any donations), socks are a rare commodity, and the most often needed item at shelters for the homeless.

While a jacket may be worn many days throughout the coming winter months, many people who donate to the homeless, inadvertently, overlook the necessity of socks. Socks need to be changed daily, so this is an inescapable and vital item for those who are in need.  Beyond socks, there are a number of items you can donate to our holiday “giving back” drive.

Our effort is to create “care packages” to donate to the local homeless shelters.  We will be collecting complete care packages based on the “guidelines” listed below, or any collection of items you are able to donate to our cause.


A complete care package is be made up of a minimum of 10 items in total.  All of these items can be purchased at the local dollar tree store for $1 or less.
Requested items for a complete care package (the following list makes up six of the requested 10 items):
  • 2 pairs of socks – all socks should meet one of the following requirements:
    • o   Tube socks
    • o   Insulated
    • o   All purpose sizes (this means they can be used for men or women, or both)
    • 1 pair of “stretchy” gloves – this means they should be able to fit anyone (other gloves will be accepted, as well, but “stretchy” gloves are preferred.
    • A Winter Hat (one size fits all)
    • A card or note from you with “warm” greetings for the season
    • Some form of a packaged, edible treat for the recipient
Additional items to make your 10-item quota (You may add any combination of four items from the list below):
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Wipes (baby or anti-bacterial)
  • Flip-flops / Slippers
  • Dental floss
  • Face cloth
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Mouthwash
  • Scarf
  • Earmuffs
  • Tissues
  • Chapstick
  • Ear swabs
  • Shampoo
All items should be placed in a clear, sealable freezer sized bag.  All care packages will be collected on December 18th and donated to local homeless shelters for holiday distribution.