Shoebox Christmas Gifts

“Shoebox Christmas Gifts” for Children of the

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota


A wonderful opportunity for you to show your love to a child in need!

Make up a “Shoebox Christmas Gift” with small items for a child. It’s that EASY!

Last Christmas season, through the great generosity of our friends, even while the Covid pandemic was going on, we were able to send 245 “Shoebox Christmas Gifts” to children who are among the neediest, right in our own country.

For some of these children it will be the only Christmas gift they will receive.

How to make up a Shoebox Christmas Gift:

1. Shoebox

Use either a plastic shoe box or any cardboard shoe (average size). No need to wrap it, but if you do, please wrap the lid separately.

2. >>>>> Gender Neutral <<<<<

Make them up so that they will be appropriate for anyone, boy or girl.

3. Age

Determine which age category your gift will be for: Toddler-4;  5-8; 9-12; or 13-16. Write this on a TAG on the lid of your gift.

4. Fill With Gifts

Fill the box with a variety of small gifts that will bring delight to a child.

Gift Suggestions

Toys: Include age appropriate, GENDER NEUTRAL, items that children will like, such as stuffed animals, jump ropes, balls, small games, Play-Doh, toys that light up & make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps & ink pad sets, stickers, flash cards, writing pads or paper, calculators, coloring books, picture books, etc.

Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), gloves, mittens, warm hats.

Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans; things with owls on them (in Lakota culture, owls are a messenger of bad news).

Drop off

DROP OFF DATES: November 7 and 14, after both services.

November 14 is the FINAL DAY we can accept “Shoebox Christmas Gifts”.

In Connecticut – You may bring them to Wellspring Church, 222 Lincoln Street, Berlin, CT 06037.

In the Knoxville, Tennessee area – You may bring them either to Life Church Knoxville, 1015 Cedar Lane, Knoxville TN 37912 -OR – to Bethel Baptist Church, 610 Bethel Road Clinton, Tennessee 37716.

Please include $7.00 per box to help us cover the cost of shipping.

Anywhere else in the USA – Contact me for a shipping address .  You will need to ship it NO LATER than Monday November 20.

Please pray for the children who will receive your shoebox gifts.

THANK YOU very much! This will be such a blessing to many children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. For some of them these will be the only Christmas gifts they will get.

Alternative ways to give:

We are also gratefully accepting monetary donations to go toward shipping of the Shoebox Gifts, OR toward the support of our two partner ministries on the Reservation: The Chanku Waste Wellness center and the Whiteclay Makerspace.

CHECKS can be mailed to: Wo’iyopastake Ministry, 107 Millstone Circle, Clinton, TN 37716

ONLINE DONATIONS can be made securely on the TAB above this page marked “Donations”.

Wo’iyopastake Ministry is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We can give you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.


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