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Giving Tree 2020

We will be collecting Christmas presents for children and teens receiving services through Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency (CYA)! In past years, we have matched individual children to Calvary families through gift tags. In light of COVID regulations, we are trying to limit points of contact as well as large crowds gathering in the foyer and we feel we cannot safely distribute and collect tags and gifts as we have in past years.

For this reason and for this year only, we will be running a generalized toy drive, as well as collecting gift cards for young adults in Independent Living situations (I.e. group homes and shelters). We understand the lack of personal connection is not ideal, but we still want to help meet the needs of families in crisis in our community in a tangible way. 

We are hoping to collect a wide variety of gifts and $30 gift cards from Target or Walmart for all ages and both genders. Gifts and gift cards will be delivered to Children and Youth Agency, where social workers will match gifts to specific children. All gifts are welcome and no gift is too small. No matter what you purchase, please commit to praying for the child and family who will receive the gift and for the social workers involved with the family.

May the light of Christ shine through your generosity!

If you would like to participate, please purchase a new and unwrapped gift(s) or $30 gift cards from Target or Walmart; the age and gender is your choice. Return gifts to Calvary Church on Sunday, November 22 or 29. Gifts will be collected outside at the East and West entrances near the Giving Tree banners. Gift cards should be returned to the offering boxes in the lobby.

Suggestions for various age groups are below:

Baby/Toddler:

bottles, personal care/hygiene items, interactive/educational toys, clothing, books, blankets, teething items, bibs, spoons, rattles/car seat toys, pacifiers, baby einstein products

 

Preschool:

interactive/educational toys, personal care/hygiene items, clothing, non-Christmas-theme books, blankets, flash cards, coloring/art supplies, playdoh, stickers, blocks, fake food, bath toys/bubble bath, toy cars/trucks, small dolls, anything paw patrol / peppa pig / doc mcstuffins, etc., floor puzzles, dress up clothes/costumes

 

Elementary:

puzzles, legos, craft kits/art supplies, barbies, truck/car sets, playdoh, coloring books/supplies, non-Christmas-theme books, dolls, plastic animals, blankets, sidewalk chalk, games, school supplies, movies, nail polish, flash cards, stickers, pens/markers/crayons, photo albums, anything minecraft, essential oils, sensory-friendly toys, kid baking/cooking items, fun socks, chapstick, iron bead crafts (can't think what those are actually called), anything superhero theme, stress balls, fidget cubes

Middle School:

board or card games, school supplies, personal care/hygiene items, clothing, action figures/super hero dolls, movies (such as Disney or Marvel), sports equipment, remote control toys, puzzles, chapter books, plant growing kits, scooters, scarves/gloves/hats, nail polish/makeup, salt lamps, pens/markers/crayons, essential oils, fun socks, chapstick, drones, legos

 

High School:

personal care/hygiene items, earbuds/headphones, blankets, art supplies, adult coloring books, pens/markers, nail polish/make-up (our teen girls love this), hair and skincare products (especially for black/hispanic hair/skin), school supplies, scarves/gloves/hats, journals/notebooks, planners, mugs, decorative signs, sports equipment, decorative pillows, clothing (such as sweatshirts, leggings, gym shorts, socks, etc.), combs/brushes, perfume/cologne, photo albums/frames, small decor items, YA books, mugs, essential oils, wallets/purses, fun socks, spa face masks, lotion, salt lamps