If your church wants a way to reach out to those less fortunate at Christmas, this may be the solution. (I cannot take credit for this idea, as the program was introduced to my congregation on Sunday.)
It starts with a pair of slippers. . . On a table in the narthex were piles of slippers, all different sizes from infant to adult. Those who wanted to participate were asked to select a pair of slippers. (The slippers were purchased from money donated to this program.)
Purchase the following in a size that corresponds to the slippers selected:
Hat, mittens, or gloves
I decided to purchase these items, but I could just as easily knit them.
Add other items to personalize the gift. Miscellaneous personal hygiene products, word puzzles, coloring books, healthy snakcs (low sugar), etc.
(I added a toothbrush and toothpaste, dinosaur coloring book, dinosaur magnetic book, two dinosaurs, crayons, pencils, and pencil box.)
Put the items in a shoe box, mark the outside with the size of the slippers and the gender Bring the box and items back to the church for the Youth to wrap and distribute to the Wind River Lutheran Mission. The coordinator said the church will add a book of the Christmas Story since the boxes will be going mostly to those without a church home.
These simple items in a box may be the only gift this child receives this Christmas.