The Countdown Begins-76 Days Until Christmas

Sorry for the delay in posting the new blog but since many are still working on last month’s project we didn’t want to overload our precious volunteers.  Another delay, was waiting to receive the date and needs for the Christmas party from Jerome but since he’s busy finishing (supervising is more like it) Bernadette’s house with his construction buddies we’ll have to wait a little longer.  We received the Christmas gift list for the children last month and it turns out we’ve already been working on some of the requested items. The Christmas project will extend into November and will include all the warm hats, mittens, scarves, etc. everyone has been working on. The clock is ticking so we are sharing what information we have.

Please don’t send any electronics or toys that require batteries. Most people don’t have the funds to buy replacement batteries or pay for electronic support. Also batteries pose a hazard to babies/toddlers not closely supervised. And please no toys that are violent, like guns. We like to give kids new toys at Christmas but some toys can be reused if nearly new ( legos , dolls that new clothes can be made for) etc.  If you have a toy that is  in very good condition, and wish to send it, please make  a special bag to wrap it in, to make it look like new. Please do not wrap your gifts as the Christmas team on the Rez will make up the gift packages. Wrapping supplies can certainly be sent though.

Wanblee Christmas List

  • Sports Equipment – basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, bats, bikes, scooters, skateboards, wagons.  Nerf balls for smaller kids and inside play.
  • Craft items – coloring books, crayons, paint by number sets, etc.  Craft kits for all ages such as jewelry, play dough kit, stencil kit, loom kit etc. Lots of scope with the craft kits.
  • Books – from board books for babies to books for teens
  • Construction toys like legos  big and small sizes), duplos, tinker toys, log cabin logs, other intersecting toys
  • Dolls and stuffed animals
  • Games – card and board games, puzzles
  • Cars, trucks, sand toys
  • Bedding – pillows, pillowcases and blankets
  • Shoes and winter boots, slippers, socks, underwear, all sizes
  • Winter coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, cowls, buntings for babies
  • Winter clothing – long sleeve tops, pants, hoodies, sweats, long underwear, warm dresses with tights/leotards, warm PJ’s, sleep sacks for babies, sweaters

If you have something to send not on the list ,please check with us before you ship.  Theresa has been setting aside many things from your donations for Christmas if there was no immediate need for them.  One of the reasons for the storage truck was to safely store items that were out of season so they could be easily accessed when needed.  They receive donations from us as well as a few other charities at different times of the year. Homes on the Rez are small and could have 10 or more people living in them, especially in winter months , with workers coming home from seasonal work off the Rez. Needless to say storage is non-existent in these overcrowded homes so seasonal items aren’t given out until needed unless someone makes a special request.

We’ll be posting ideas and patterns for making craft kits, toys, accessories, etc. and pass along any good sales we hear of, hopefully each week until the shipping deadline, which is still to be determined.  I remember receiving one toy for Christmas as a child, the rest of our gifts were socks, underwear or whatever else we needed. Our hope is to give children toys and books that are fun but also provide a learning experience through play and also to send winter clothing to keep them warm so they can go out to play, go to school and be warm in their poorly heated homes.

Please share your ideas and good sale sites here on the blog, our Facebook page or Yahoo group. Please send your items here .

Thanks from Sew For Kids.













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