Community Outreach – Arco Iris Adopts a Local Charity

We feel so blessed at Arco Iris. We have a wonderful community of generous families giving their time and financial support to our school. Our staff and school board are grateful for such a great support system.

Part of our school’s mission includes reaching out and supporting our local community. We would like to see our students involved in service projects as part of their global citizenship experience. This year our Outreach Committee has voted to adopt a local charity for the holiday season. We would like to share our generosity with others in our area who are in need and are excited to kick off this next project.

This year, Arco Iris School has adopted the Sunshine Pantry. Last year the Sunshine Pantry collected gifts, stockings, and stocking stuffer goodies for over 550 families! Families work with the Sunshine Pantry in advance to help with gift ideas for each of the children. They have their holiday toy distribution on December 17th. We have met with the Sunshine Pantry and will be kicking off a Stocking Stuffer Drive beginning this week!

What is the Stocking Stuffer Drive?

We will collect new or gently used holiday stockings as well as goodies to fill them. The Sunshine Pantry makes sure that each child served in their holiday giving drive receives a stocking full of goodies. We thought this would be a great way for our school and our students to get involved.

At the end of our drive, we will have a Stocking Stuffer party on Wednesday, December 14th beginning at 3:15, to sort through the goodies and stockings. We’ll fill the stockings and box them up for delivery to the Sunshine Pantry on Thursday, December 15th.

We will have a bin set up outside community room starting on Tuesday, November 29th. You can’t miss it – it has the Sunshine Pantry fliers posted all over it.

Looking for some ideas to stuff stockings with this year? Here is a list of ideas, including suggestions from the Sunshine Pantry:

  • playing cards
  • travel size games
  • small Lego sets
  • travel size toothpastes
  • tooth brushes
  • bubble bath
  • notebooks/notepads
  • pens/pencils/crayons
  • art supplies
  • stretch gloves (0ne-size fits all)
  • hats/scarves
  • music CD
  • small baking mixes
  • silly putty
  • flash light and batteries
  • gold dollar coins

Thank you in advance for supporting our cause and this great local charity. We are looking forward to our stocking stuffer party and delivering all our goodies to the pantry! If you have any questions, please email Deonne (

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2 Responses to Community Outreach – Arco Iris Adopts a Local Charity

  1. Dina says:

    Are these stockings for children? Or all ages?

    • deonneknill says:

      Children of all ages! We expect younger and older teens as well. We’d like to keep the focus on the kids, but the pantry always needs items for all ages, and so we’ll take those too.

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