Head Start Shoeboxes

After years of participating in the international “shoebox” program at Christmas, Medina Presbyterian adapted the idea in 2018 as an outreach project to children in the Head Start preschool centers in Medina County. The following year, other churches were recruited to allow us to serve children in Wayne County, as well. Working in cooperation with the staff of the Head Start centers, and standard assortment of gifts was developed to that each child receives a reusable plastic ‘shoebox’ containing a warm hat and mittens, three pairs of socks, three age-appropriate books, a coloring book and crayon, a child’s toothbrush and toothpaste, and an assortment of toys and treats. The Head Start Shoebox program is now gearing up for its fifth year.

Families with younger children in the Early Head Start program also receive gift bags with socks, toys, and a board book.

Your donations of items for the shoeboxes can be brought to the church. (There’s a bin on the front porch for after-hours dropoffs) 

Financial contributions are also gratefully received, since we typically need to buy some items to supplement those that are donated. Checks can be mailed to the church marked “Shoebox,” and donations can be made using the Online Giving tool on our Home Page.


2022 Head Start Shoeboxes

Donated Items Needed

Pre-school children’s socks

Coloring books

Boxes of crayons

Kids’ toothbrushes

Tubes of toothpaste

Kids’ band-aids

Medium stuffed animals

Small toys for pre-school children

Treats (no chocolate, nuts or

hard candy, please)

Baby socks

Baby toys