Shoeboxes for Seniors
Sponsored by Food Pantry Outreach
Drop at office by Dec 16
Over 40 of our fellow parishioners are not going to be in their own home this holiday season. These are senior parishioners who are facing health issues. We can brighten their holiday by preparing a lovingly wrapped shoebox full of Christmas surprises that will be delivered by our Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound. Can't think of what to put in? Here's a list (new items only please). Mark your box if it is specifically for a man or for a woman.
- Box of all occasion greeting cards, stationery, pens, notepaper, stamps
- Something soft to cuddle and hold on to – stuffed animal or small soft blanket
- Christmas cards
- Large print Bible, magazines (Family Circle, Woman's World, People, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping) or books, Crossword puzzle books
- Magnifying glass for reading small print
- Non-skid socks, slippers
- Pretty housecoat, soft pajamas
- Lap blanket for wheelchair -bound residents, approximately 24 inch by 30 inch
- Shawl to keep warm
- Sealed packages of cookies, crackers, gum, hard candies, sugar-free mints
- Chapstick, dry skin body lotion, toothbrushes and paste, hand and body cream, deodorant, combs, brushes, hand soap, face cloths, small towels, shampoo, conditioner, facial tissue, body powder, shaving cream, razors, after shave,
- Things that will liven up a drab room or nightstand table, Pretty little doo-dads for women (that start conversations, get attention, get compliments)
- Scented sachets for their drawers
- Scented body sprays and powder because everyone wants to smell good when lying in a bed
- Sun catchers to brighten up a room and to decorate the window
- Liquid soap not bar of soap
- Nail polish
- And maybe a five dollar bill for things that someone might like to buy at the facility gift shop.
The best gift of all would be a visit, a smile, a hug, a conversation, a communal prayer. Take time this holiday season to remember those who may no longer have family or friends near by, whether they are our parishioners or not. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!