Westminster Neighborhood Services Christmas Basket Program involves Westminster and partnering organizations, coming together to help 300 families on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.
A Christmas Basket involves the following: 2 reusable bags full of groceries (including ingredients for a Holiday dinner: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.), 1 reusable bag of hygiene items, 2 toys per child in the household (18 & under, still in school) and our goal is hats, gloves, socks and underwear for EVERYONE in the household, including adults. There are multiple ways you can get involved with this program.
Volunteers come help Westminster staff count items, put the "baskets" together and then distribute the baskets. Last year we helped 1,100 individuals and 671 of those individuals were children!
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis that works with the neighborhood, individuals, businesses, service and professional groups, religious organizations and community partners to serve local families by: Providing children’s programs that meet nurturing, safety, educational and developmental needs, Providing food and clothing to meet the basic needs of neighborhood families, and Providing supportive services.
For more than 30 years, Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. (WNS) has provided basic resources and education opportunities for at-risk children and families on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. While nationally 19.1% of people report income at or below the poverty level, here in Westminister’s neighborhood, that number is a staggering 43%.
Beginning as an ecumenical program offering summer activities for children, WNS grew and today includes afterschool, intercession, and summer programming for children and youth, a preschool, a food pantry, a soup kitchen a clothing closet, a partnership with Genessaret Free Clinic, and a Christmas Basket distribution program.
Today, Westminster is an inner city neighborhood with exponential needs, where families struggle with poverty, stress, illiteracy, joblessness and substance abuse. WNS’s programs are built on a strong foundation of volunteering and support by individuals, congregations, foundations, businesses, and civic and professional organizations.
Westminster is dedicated to help those in need with a focus on a hand-up rather than a hand out. We provide services that support families as a whole, focusing on the needs of all family members as a unit. When families are supported and self-sustaining they are able to turn outwards and transform their own community.
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
Fri Dec 11, 2020 - Sat Dec 12, 2020
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
2325 E. New York StIndianapolis, IN46201
September 23, 2020
Verbal / Written Communication
Must be at least 10
You do not need to stay the whole time or to come in both days. Just a few hours of your time would be extremely helpful!