White Gift Sunday began in 1904 in Ohio. A Methodist minister’s wife and her two daughters came up with the idea of wrapping gifts in white paper so the gifts would be anonymous, and distributed the gifts at Christmas to people in need. Wrapping the gifts this way gives greater importance to the love and devotion of the giver than the gift.
You can bring a new, unwrapped children’s toy or youth gift. Or you can bring non-perishable food items. If you wish to make a monetary gift, you can use the offering envelopes in the pews and write “White Gift Sunday” on the outside. All these gifts will be distributed through the Salvation Army, the Gospel Mission, or the Kelowna Food Bank.
Wrapping a gift in plain paper is optional. Know that the wrapping will be removed before distribution so it can be given to an appropriate child or youth.
Your gift does not need to be costly, but it needs to be new. Use your imagination! Your gifts will bring smiles to children and families in need in our community this Christmas!