Sanctuary with the shoeboxes


Bring them in on or before Sunday, Dec. 6th

We were able to work through a safe plan for distributing Shoebox Gifts with Ridgefield Social Services and The Association of Religious Communities in Danbury (ARC). We won’t have our regular Shoebox Sunday during in-person services, but we will work in the Spirit separately to create boxes and bring them to Jesse Lee on or before Sunday, December 6th. We are inviting the entire Ridgefield community to join us!

To participate, please use this Signup Genius link to tell us which kind of box (age and gender) you’ll be preparing. Then bring a box (can be decorated but not fully wrapped – with a lid, preferably sealed with a rubber band) filled up with items of interest for that age (see below for popular gift ideas). There will be a table for Shoebox Gifts in the Narthex if you are visiting when the church is open, and the Shoebox Gift Donation Station inside the double doors facing Main Street will be open 24/7 for people to drop off their gifts.

COVID has amplified the need for Shoebox Gifts this year so we hope that we can all make even more shoeboxes than usual this year to help those who have been hit hard by the pandemic. For safety reasons, will all be making these at home in the comfort of our own living rooms this year.

PLEASE, we need your help to bring some joy in an especially difficult year for many. THANK YOU for all that you do to share Christ’s love during this season!


Deadline: The deadline to contribute shoeboxes is Sunday, December 6th.
A few guidelines: All items must be new (not used). Either purchase a pre-decorated shoebox from Michael’s or Christmas Tree Shop or wrap the top and bottom of a shoebox separately. Fill the shoebox full of approved items. Please don’t include weapons, items of war or easily breakable items such as glass. Gift receipts may be included so that an exchange for size or color may be made. Gift cards may also be included.

Labels: Please use the labels, click the button to the right.

Suggested items for Children: Small toys, school supplies, balls, games, cards, candy, art supplies, books, stuffed animal/doll, mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, hair bands, Christmas ornaments, bows, personal care items, socks, shirts etc. Pinterest online has many creative ideas as well.

Suggested items for Older Adults: Chapstick, slippers, fancy tissues, mints, flashlight/batteries, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, puzzle books, hard candy, pens/pencils, greeting cards, stamps, notecards, hand cream, personal care items, nail care set, Christmas ornaments, games
Please contact either Debbie Ahle or Jennifer Mayette, or the church office 203-438-8791 with questions.