The Westchester Christmas Dinner is a community project takes place on Christmas Day from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Mary's School in Katonah. Invitations are extended to 300 guests of all faiths through various Westchester County shelters and agencies that service needy populations.
Whether they attend with family members or alone, each guest receives a hot Christmas dinner, warm clothing, holiday gifts and a festive welcome from caring volunteers. Our goal is to make Christmas truly special for every one of our guests.
You can help by donating new toys and new clothing in the drop boxes at the following locations from now through Dec. 23:
- Katonah - Charles Dept Store, Noka Joe's, The Library, St Mary's Church
- Bedford - Erica's Kitchen, Small Joys
- South Salem - The Library
- Mount Kisco - The Sawmill Club, Sawmill East
- Chappaqua - Lange's Little Store.
- Somers – Somers Intermediate School, The Library, The Town Hall
Gift packs are handed out to every Dinner guest. Here’s what we need to fill them:
- Clothing – Casual winter clothing only, please. Fleece/Down vests and jackets of all sizes. sweatshirts and sweatpants. We need sizes M, L, XL, 1X, 2X, and3X.
- Accessories – Mittens, gloves and scarves. This year, each Dinner guest will receive a wool hat knitted by an area charity group.
- Toiletries, foldable umbrellas, candy and cookie boxes.
- For women and teens – Sleepwear: slippers, robes, pajamas and nightgowns (SIZES M, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X) makeup/bags/sets, manicure/lotion/perfume (sets), Target and Kohl’s gift cards, twin sheets and blanket sets, decorative throws, writing journals, small candy boxes.
- For men and teens – Travel/shaving kits, tube sox, caps, colored thermal undershirts, belts of all sizes, cologne, footballs, basketballs, baseball gloves, shirts, fleece vests and jackets sizes M to 3X, sweatsuits.
We need NEW only, unwrapped toys for infants, boys and girls of all ages. If the toy requires batteries, please include them so the kids can enjoy their gift right away. Educational toys and games are particularly popular, as are board games. Baby formula, diapers, and supermarket gift cards are also appreciated.
* We also need large size holiday gift bags *
Many thanks to all the local small businesses and other locations for their support every year. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org