It’s a Castleton tradition, and everyone is asked to share their own blessings by bringing gifts and food for those less fortunate. On Sunday, November 18, families are asked to bring toys and clothing for boys and girls, toddlers through 12th grade. The gifts will go to both Fletcher Place and Barnes UMC for distribution at their Christmas Shopping events. Donated food will also be shared with food pantries in our neighboring community. Monetary donations are also welcomed (designate Ingathering on the memo line of your check). Funds will be split between Brightwood, Vida Nueva, and Barnes Outreach.
Donating is only part of the process. All of the toys and food must be sorted and transported. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the food. Families are encouraged to help in every way possible including the sorting and delivery of all the donated items.
List of suggested items(New):
Clothing for Boys and Girls: coats, shirts, blouses, jeans, underwear, hats, mittens, and gloves.
Toys for Boys and Girls: Games(especially board games), flashlights, models, crayons and coloring books, stuffed toys, books, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, toy cars, trucks, and dolls.
Teen gifts can include wallets, purses, calculators, watches, games, hair dryers, curling irons, playing cards, headphones, and alarm clocks.
Food Items: Pancake mix and syrup, hot and cold cereals, Oatmeal in the round containers, peanut butter, jelly, rice, spaghetti, and macaroni noodles, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, canned soup, canned meats, canned fruits, and canned vegetables.
Please bring food in on Ingathering Sunday(not earlier).
We could also use copy paper boxes (or similar size) to pack up the goods. Boxes can be left in the ushers room leading up to the 18th.
Finally, if you have a truck or van and could help transport goods to Barnes or Fletcher please contact Gary Byard at firstname.lastname@example.org.