As we have done in the past, Thornapple is collecting gifts for Degage Ministries‘ Christmas store. This is a more dignified way to help as it allows men and women from the Heartside community (homeless and low income) the opportunity to choose and purchase items (at a very small cost) rather than to receive free handouts. Gift suggestions are below. Bring the gifts to church between December 1 and December 8 and place the new, UNWRAPPED gifts under the Christmas tree in the Lobby.  Proceeds from the Christmas Store will allow Degage to purchase bus tickets (they distribute an average of 45 bus tickets per week to help patrons travel to and from medical appointments, job interviews and other important commitments).  This opportunity comes from Thornapple’s Love Mercy Do Justice team.  If you have questions, please contact Karen Knister.

Donated gifts should range in value from $5 to $25 (please donate new, not used items). Do not wrap the gifts.

Gift item suggestions for children and adults (note: gifts should be new – not used items):

  • Games and puzzle books for adults
  • Small appliances (coffee maker, toaster, microwave, crockpot, etc.)*
  • Hats, scarves, gloves (new)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Radios, alarm clocks, other household items
  • Towels (all sizes)*
  • Sheet sets (all sizes)*
  • Tool kits
  • Backpacks*
  • Socks, underwear, long underwear, undershirts (men & women)
  • Candles and jewelry
  • Wrapping paper and Christmas cards
  • Men’s toiletries*
  • Headphones and electronics
  • Sleeping bags and blankets*
  • Kid’s clothes and toys
  • Pajama sets (all sizes)
    * Favorite items