Christmas is a great time for reaching out to children who may not have the opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of gifts under the tree.
White Oak is once again collecting items for Nate’s Toy Box, a local charity for children who may not have the opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of gifts under the tree.
Nate’s Toy box was conceived in 2006 a an adjunct to S.O.N. (Serving our Neighbors) Ministries food pantry to help complete Christmas for families in the area who are experiencing difficult times.
This year Nate’s Toy Box is going to be different, in part due to Covid-19 requirements. Rather than collecting toys, we will prepare Blessing Bags to be given to each family designed to encourage family-oriented activities and childhood education. These will be handed out to each family on the day of distribution, Saturday, December 12th. The Blessing Bags will contain family board games, puzzles, card games, books, fleece blankets and toiletries. The parents will also be given a gift card to purchase toys for each child.
To fill a Blessing Bag, Nate’s Toy Box is asking for donations of the following items for various age groups:
- Family Board Games (such as Sorry, Monopoly Junior, Jenga, Yahtzee, etc)
- Card Games (such as Uno, Phase 10, Crazy Eights, etc)
- Books (new or gently used for infants through teenagers)
- Puzzles (up to 350 piece puzzles)
- Gift Cards ($15 gift cards to Walmart or Target)
- Cash donations (for purchase of above items)
Items can be dropped off now through Tuesday, December 8th at White Oak Gardens. Unwrapped items or gift cards to Walmart & Target are much appreciated.
Blessing Bags and Nate’s Toy Box is a ministry of White Oak Christian Church, a 501c3 charitable organization. Nate’s Toy Box is partnering with SON Ministries and Side by Side this holiday season. These are both organizations that directly impact families in the Northwest Local School District area.
From Nate’s Toy Box:
“We have found the need to provide toys and gift cards has increased each year but as our need increased, God has seen to it that our collection and distribution has grown. We are all blessed to live in a community so willing to give.”