White Gift

White Gift Sunday - Donate to Wesley
9:00 am

December 10, 2023

December 10th 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 to an unknown person in need continues at Walton United Church; the collection day is Sunday, December 10th, 2023.

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.

Adults & Youth * Most Needed *
Examples: Small Kitchen Appliances, Sports Equipment, Hair Appliances, Towel & Linens, Hygiene Sets, Gift Cards (Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Hortons)

Children & Babies
Examples: Diapers, Educational Toys, Dolls, Arts & Crafts, Cars & Trucks, Board Games, Gift Cards (Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us)

Donations of new hats, gloves, socks
(all sizes, new condition only please!)

Other donations needed
Knitted items such as blankets, mitts, hats, slippers
Coffee, tea, packaged cookies
Gently used household items (non-fabric) such as dishes, cutlery, mugs, pots and pans, glasses, small appliances (clean and in working order), kitchen tools (can openers, etc)

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 Holiday 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.

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 & TEENS: $25 – $30 Value
Examples: Small Kitchen Appliances, Sports Equipment, Hair Appliances, Towel & Linens, Hygiene Sets, Gift Cards (Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Hortons)

Gifts for CHILDREN & BABIES: $25 – $30 value
Examples: Diapers, Educational Toys, Dolls, Arts & Crafts, Cars & Trucks, Board Games, Gift Cards (Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us)

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.