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West Ridge Cares believes that God uses our resources to change lives. When we grow to care about the things God cares about, we use whatever He’s given us to accomplish his purpose for our world. If you are looking to Share Generously this coming holiday season, here are some upcoming opportunities.

School Break Food Boxes

West Ridge provides Christmas Food Boxes to help feed 30 Huff Elementary families in need during the Christmas break. How can you help?

  1. Pick up a box and a small grocery list (cost is approximately $40) on December 11th in the lobby.

  2. Shop for the items on the list, please no extras, it’s important to stick to the list.

  3. Return the filled box to West Ridge on December 18th, it is crucial that you return on this date.

If you are interested in volunteering we could use your help to pass out boxes, check the contents of the returned boxes, and help with delivery to Huff. We will also have an opportunity for Christmas as well.

Your generosity will help feed these kids who typically receive two meals a day through U-46. For questions, contact Lisa or Jana.

Blessing Tree

West Ridge recognizes that even though the joys of the holidays are coming. Some of those who are a part of West Ridge are struggling, have a medical situation, or walking through loss this Christmas Season. It is our desire to support and show love to those individuals. If you know someone you want to bless; an individual or a family from our West Ridge Community, our Blessing Tree is available through Sunday, December 18th.

There are a few ways you can help.

  1. If you know of someone from West Ridge that is in need of a blessing. Please complete this referral form or use the QR code by the tree.

  2. Simply pick an ornament off the Blessing tree in the West Ridge lobby (starting Sunday, November 13th) purchase a Gift Card with the suggested amount, and return it.

  3. Don’t have time to shop? We will do that for you, scan the QR code or Give online with the suggested amount. Please type BLESSING TREE in the notes section.

  4. Give to the offering on Sunday, with OUTREACH | BLESSING TREE in the memo section of your check or envelope.

For questions or more information about the Blessing Tree please contact, Nancy Durso.

Santa’s Workshop Toy Sale

Our annual Toy Sale is Saturday, December 3rd from 9 -11 am at Huff Elementary in Elgin.  Families from the Huff community and the new addition of Fellowship Housing moms will be able to shop and find gifts for their children for Christmas. We need your help and generosity to make this happen.

Donate Toys

Do you have unused or gently used good toys lying around your house? You can unclutter your home and do something good by donating those toys to the Huff and Fellowship Housing community this Christmas!

  • Please only donate gently used, cleaned, all pieces intact and grouped together. We want to provide good stuff for these kids!

  • If you don’t have any toys in your home and want to donate,  you can also purchase a brand-new item from Target, Meijer, and/or Walmart.

  • Drop off toys in the large donation box in the West Ridge Lobby thru November 30th.

  • If you need to make special arrangements email the West Ridge Cares Team.

Volunteer at Santa’s Workshop

We will definitely need all of Santa’s helpers for this service opportunity.  Please register to volunteer to be a Check-in Greeter, Shopper Assistant, Set-up Crew, Car Loader, Take-down Crew, and Cashier at Huff Elementary (801 Hastings St, Elgin) on December 3rd.  It is also a huge plus if you speak Spanish fluently, this will be super helpful to help these families shopping.

Set-up for Santa’s Workshop will be on Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.