Christmas Baskets

Introduction & How To

Thank you for being a sponsor this year. With your help, St. James will provide 60 families and seniors with a merry and memorable Christmas. Please take a few minutes to read the entire checklist, so that your gifts are delivered on time and to the family you’ve sponsored. Have a joyful holiday season! If you have questions, email Anna Broadbent.

Christmas Basket Checklist 

Plan to spend $30–$40 per person for gifts and $15 per person on a Jewel Grocery Store gift card for food for the Christmas meal. The gift cards allow the household to purchase their own food. Items on the list are just suggestions for you – there is no expectation that you will buy everything. Each family member should receive at least one gift. For fairness, please spend the same amount of money on each family member.

Wrap and label all gifts. Leave on the store tags (so that the recipient knows the item is new) but cut off the price. Place the Jewel gift card in an envelope or a wrapped box for the adult in the family and place in one of your boxes. Label the food gift card with its value.

Pack all gifts and other items in SMALL (small enough for one person to manage and to fit in a sedan) cardboard boxes – NO GIFT BAGS, NO WICKER OR LAUNDRY BASKETS, AND NO PLASTIC BINS OR TUBS PLEASE. Tape each box securely as it will be handled several times before the household receives it. Make copies as needed of the label sample (4 for each box you have) to tape onto the 4 sides of each box (not the top or bottom). Complete each label with the family code number as well as the sequence of boxes. For example, mark them: Family #17 Box 1 of 6, Family #17 Box 2 of 6, etc.

Fill out and return your In-Kind Donation form when you drop off your boxes at St. James. Deliver boxes to the Welcome Desk, check your name on the list, and enter the number of boxes on the drop off sheet at the front.

Drop off times:

  • Sunday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday , Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do not include:

  • The household information sheets inside or outside the boxes.
  • Any used clothing/toys/etc. for the household.
  • Cash or a check.
  • Cards, etc. on the outside of the cardboard.