White Gift

9:00 am

December 4, 2022

December 4th this year will be the day to bring our White Gifts – unwrapped or in a white bag or loose wrapping or monetary donations.

The tradition of giving a white-wrapped or unwrapped gift for an unknown person in need continues at Walton United Church; the collection day is Sunday, December 4th, 2022.

We suggest a new gift of $25. value or more, designated for a child, a teen or an adult.

If you are able, we ask that you bring a new, unwrapped or white-wrapped gift to church that morning, or deliver one to the office during the week prior. If you are not able to deliver in person, please contact the church office to arrange to be picked up by a member of the outreach committee.

Some suggestions for suitable gifts are listed on the website at Wesley.ca/holiday-assistance-program but are not limited. Note: Wesley requests no stuffed animals or toy guns, please. Wesley Urban Ministries in Hamilton, where many of our donations traditionally go to the “No-Cost Christmas Store” are preparing holiday hampers for their registered families, as there can be no shopping whilst Covid restrictions apply.  They will also be delivered to shut-ins.

Should you wish to make a financial donation, we ask that you do this online (by debit/credit card using the Donate Now button at the top of this page) or through the Walton Church office by cheque clearly marked White Gift. This donation will then flow through your annual giving.

We also donate on your behalf to the Kerr Street Mission in Oakville.  KSM has kept many families going through our pandemic/loss of income. Gift cards to grocery stores or superstores are most appreciated, allowing many families to have that special Christmas. Thank you so much in advance from your Outreach Committee, and from the many recipients.

Remember that each recipient will receive only one gift at the Wesley Christmas Store, please put your heart into your selection. The distribution is well organized with cross-referencing throughout ten major agencies in Hamilton. You may wish to donate financially here at Walton through the office or the Offering Plate so that your donation will flow through your Annual Givings Statement. Please be sure to mark your cheque or envelope “White Gift Donation”. Financial donations are used to fill the gaps and buy fresh food for the holidays.

Some Suggestions:
Gifts for all: Gift Cards –please ensure the retailer exists in or is accessible from, central Hamilton – cards for food, clothing, and drugstore. hygiene sets – all ages.
Adults: New: Small Appliances, Linens/Towels
Teens (13 – 18): New: Sports Equipment, Hair Appliances
Children (5 – 12): New Arts & Crafts, Cars & Trucks, Dolls, Lego Sets.
Infants/Toddlers: New Diapers, Clothing, Educational Toys

Happy White Gift Shopping!

Once again, Wesley will be running this enormous project. The Store is open from December 8 to December 19, 2016, with the exception of Sundays, December 7 and 14 – a very few days to provide for more than 5,000 individuals. The Registration and set-up takes place 2 weeks prior to opening. All families are registered and each person in that family is allowed to select only one gift.

Walton Congregation has been asked to concentrate our White Gifts as follows. We are definitely not restricted to the suggestions below, however, we are requested not to send guns or stuffed animals/toys:

Gifts for ADULTS: $25. – $30. Value.
Examples: Small Kitchen Appliances, Towels, New Pillows, Duvets, Hygiene Sets/Socks.

Gifts for TEENS: $25. – $30. Value (ages 13 – 18).
Examples: Hair Appliances, Hygiene Sets, Sports Equipment, and Gift Cards.

Should you wish to make a financial donation, we ask that you do this through the Walton Church Office by cheque clearly marked White Gift. This donation will then flow through your annual giving. We will use the funds wisely based on needs – primarily for local families who need your help to make a holiday season for their little ones.

You can volunteer to be a Walton driver on Sunday, December 6th, to deliver our White Gifts – you can offer financial support, or knit mittens and scarves – or bake for the volunteers for their snacks or donate food for the grocery store section. Any and all help will be so appreciated in making this a better experience for all.

If you would like to volunteer at the Store this year, please see Ruth Perkins or any Outreach Committee member at the Welcome Desk in Bronte Hall – the schedule information is available there but is too massive to print here.

You can volunteer in the Store as a shopping assistant or a check-out person for a day or a half day, you can volunteer to do pre-store Registrations or setup, work in the loading dock, or help with the tear-down – whatever activity suits your skill set and your available time. There are volunteer orientation sessions on Nov. 25 and December 3.

Apart from your White Gift, you can donate well-loved Christmas decorations to find a new home and new people to love them. For many years now, Wesley has taken on an additional project of providing for refugee families in Hamilton – you can put a sparkle in the eyes of someone small.

The Outreach Committee is happy to coordinate your volunteer visits, but we cannot all volunteer on the same day, so we suggest that you arrange to go with a friend – to carpool with and to debrief with (so important). You may give your information to Ruth or you may also call in direct to Rebecca (her number is on the information sheets).

Information Sheets are available at the Walton Welcome Desk.

Please ask us about this rewarding volunteer experience! It will change your holiday.