Gifts for Parents

2019 Gifts for Parents provides free gifts for low income children to give to significant adults in their lives. Volunteers help the children choose and wrap presents from among donated items.

This year's event will take place on Saturday,
December 7, 2019, at St Marks United Methodist Church.  The Leadership Team for this event is comprised of volunteers from CRC faith communities. 

All children in the area between 4 and 14 years old are welcome to come and choose gifts.

We need your help with both gifts and volunteers.
Donations should be new or gently used items suitable as a gift for an adult.  We are particularly in need of men’s gifts.

Suggestions for Items to donate:
-caps, scarves & gloves (Please, no size-specific clothing!)

-kitchen gadgets: aprons, cutting boards, potholders, dish towels, utensils, etc.
-Hawkeye items
-jewelry, costume jewelry
-aftershave lotion, perfume, & scented lotions
-decorative soaps or bubble bath
-decorative / scented candles
-unique coffee mugs / cups
-wall art, shelf art, table art
-purses, clutches & wallets
-tree ornaments
-prepaid gas cards & gift cards to local businesses
-car "tools," such as tire gauges, emergency kits, etc.
-Amaryllis bulb
-flashlights (include batteries)
-hand tool sets: screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.
-craft items
-puzzles (unopened)
-decorative key chains

Volunteer opportunities include:
Greeting families
Supervising the gift room
Escorting children to the gift room
Helping wrap gifts
Men cooking & serving pancake breakfast
Behind the scenes support work and set-up in on the Thursday & Friday before the event.


This year for the first time, ALL of our Gifts for Parents (G4P) volunteer sign-ups will need to be done online via SignUp Genius.

Please instruct members of your faith communities or organizations to go to:

All sign-ups must be completed by 11/24.  Volunteers working as Escorts and in Childcare will need to provide their full name and date of birth so that brief background checks can be done.

We are especially in need of Escorts and Gift Wrappers.  Since the St. Mark's Men's Group is providing the pancake breakfast, we are requesting that men from other faith communities volunteer for work in the kitchen (e.g. cooking, serving / bussing & clean-up).

To assist volunteers in making decision about the role they might enjoy the most during our 12/5-7 period of need, attached is an overview of the positions available.

Further questions can be directed to me at

Thanks so much for your involvement in this important community out-reach,

Further detailed information will be distributed to CRC members via our Google Group email.



Posted on 9/17/19