Gifts in White

Gifts in White

Dec. 5 & 6, 2020

During this holiday season, you will give and receive many gifts. This year, why not give a gift that has the ability to make a difference and share the love of Christ with others? Your financial, in-kind, and volunteer gifts this season can transform the lives of those in need this holiday season and year-round. On the first weekend of December every year, Manchester UMC makes a difference in the lives of those in need through our annual Gifts in White weekend.

In 2019, 2,484 physical gifts and $4,470 of monetary gifts were collected! Thank you for your support.

At all services, members and friends are invited to bring gifts (new items only, please) wrapped in plain white paper to benefit those in need. If possible, we encourage putting gifts in white gift boxes so they can be reused by the organization. Mark your gifts: E=Epworth; L=LifeWise; BB=Bridge Bread, HF=HomeFirst. Financial contributions accepted online, or write ‘Gifts in White’ in the memo line of your check.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact Laurie Hopkins or Merry Gnaegy

Gifts in White Wish Lists

Epworth Children and Family Services

For over 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has been committed to keeping families together, preventing abuse and neglect, and encouraging self-sufficiency in St. Louis youth and families. Epworth’s services provide a continuum of care for more than 10,000 individuals annually that builds on their individual strengths, helping them to live successfully in the community. Click to learn more.

Toys, Sports, and Hobbies

Bikes, bike helmets, bike locks

USB flash drives, ear buds, earphones

Newer DVD releases (PG)

Family board games, deck of cards

Art/craft supplies, gift sets

Children’s toys and games for birth to age 13

Sports items, basketballs, footballs, etc.

Electronics – iPods, tablets, game systems(X-Box, Playstation, games)

New release books for teens and preteens

Household Goods

Makeup sets, aftershave sets, deodorant (quality)

Baby items, wipes, lotions

Reusable water bottles

Blenders, hand mixers

Toasters, toaster ovens

Curling irons and flat irons

Dry-erase monthly calendars

Journals and planners

Women’s wallets and purses

Men’s wallets

Book bags, backpacks, duffle bags

Blankets, throws, twin bed in a bag sets


Most Needed Items

Gift cards for food and groceries
Gift cards for Target, Dollar Tree, Walmart
Bus and Metro passes*
New car seats (baby and toddler)
Men and women’s bath and body sets


Scarf and glove sets

Underwear all sizes, particularly older teen

Sport bras, all sizes

Men’s tennis shoes

Sweatpants, all sizes

Hoodies, all sizes


HomeFirst STL

HomeFirst STL is an all-volunteer non-profit founded in 2011 by a group of people with a common goal: breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in St. Louis. We buy fixeruppers and make them beautiful with the help of volunteer labor. Then we find St. Louisans without permanent housing who are ready to make a change in their lives. People move directly into a safe environment of their own that they can afford, allowing them to climb out of the pit of homelessness. To learn more, visit

Most Needed Items

HomeFirst STL Target Registry
Laundry Detergent
Gift cards for Target, Walmart, and grocery stores like Schnucks, Aldi, and Save a Lot (no Dierbergs please, as they have no stores in the city)
Hickory Farms type consumables like sausage and cheese

Bridge Bread

Bridge Bread is a social enterprise designed to provide job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, or those who are housing insecure. The goal of the program is to help the disadvantaged engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity, and enables them to help themselves. For more information, visit

Most Needed Items

Bridge Bread Target Registry
Laundry Detergent
Gift cards for Target, Walmart, and grocery stores like Schnucks, Aldi, and Save a Lot (no Dierbergs please, as they have no stores in the city)
Hickory Farms type consumables like sausage and cheese

LifeWise STL

LifeWise logo

For over 50 years, LifeWise STL has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season through its Holiday Market. Serving hundreds of our participants each year, the Market provides carefully curated new household and clothing items, as well as age appropriate toys. Our aim is to strengthen families while connecting them with the generosity of its donors. The Market will be inclusive of all participants we serve. (Donations accepted year-round).

Most Needed Items

Jeans (including plus sizes)
Hats & gloves
Coats & heavy jackets
Metro passes
Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Redbox, Amazon, Family Dollar, etc.)
Gas cards
Space heaters
Cell phone chargers

Household Items

Sheet sets
Pots and pans
Dish sets
Flatware sets
Toaster ovens
Kitchen electronics


Children’s clothing
Adult clothing
Youth size clothing (sizes 4-16)
Infant clothing (not newborn)