New this year, Our Lady of the Rosary will have an on-site “store” offering items for families in need. The store will be open December 15th and 16th for parents to get items for Christmas gifts for their children. It is our own little twist on wonderful ideas such as Advent Giving Trees. We hope every family can experience the joy of giving gifts of their own to their children.

Donations can be made before and after Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Masses (see for Mass times) now through December 14th.  If you are unable to bring items during the suggested times, contact us via email: to set up another drop off time.

How can you help the store?

This is a suggested list, but we encourage donors to be creative. Let the Holy Spirit and your personal experiences guide you to help fill our store with goods.  

Gifts for children age 5 and under

  1. Infants new winter jacket, snow suits, scarves, gloves, hats, socks, long sleeve onesies, clothing, blankets, burp clothes, diapers, baby wipes.

  2. Toddler Girls and Boys Winter clothing, hats, gloves, jackets, scarves, socks, pajamas, and underwear. 

  3. Toys, books, and board games. 

 Recommended toys and games:

  • My Little Church magnet Play Set

  • Luke the Irish Lamb Prayer Buddy, Liam the Lion Prayer Buddy, and other Prayer Buddies

  • Boat with Apostles Play Set

  • Noah's ArkPlay Set

  • Nativity Play Set

  • Noah’s Ark 2-in-1 Floor Puzzle


Gifts for children age 5 and up

  1. Winter jackets, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, clothing items and accessories for 4 – 20.

  2. Age appropriate books, board games, toys, plush toys, dolls

 Recommened toys and games:

  • God's Big Ten Commandments Matching Game

  • Spirit Warriors Action Figures - Goliath  and David 

  • Christian Themed Coloring and Activity Books (eg. Where is God - Lift-the-Flap Board Book)

  • Veggie Tales DVDs, other family oriented Christian themed movies, cartoons

  • Christian based rhymes, Christmas music, stories and the like on CD

  • Plush toys, dolls and actions figures

  • Crayola Art Case and Lego Sets (very popular!)

Gifts for children age 10 - 17 years old 

(10-13 years could apply to the 5+ group)

  1. High School aged kids need winter clothing. Items and accessories in the following size ranges:

    • Young women: Juniors 0-16, Women 0-20; Small - XXL

    • Young men: Men’s Small -  2X 

  2.      School supplies for elementary aged through high school

  3.  Bibles, Christian based books (eg. Narnia, Case for Christ)

  4.  Other suggested items: 

    • Cross bracelets and stainless steel cross w/ chain

    • Devotionaljournal

    • Scrabble Bible Edition

    • Christian Word Games


Store Supplies

Buy in bulk if possible

  • Wrapping paper

  • Bows (stick on kind)

  • Boxes for clothing, small to large

  • Tissue paper

  • Scotch tape

  • Gift bags - small to large

  • Cookies & treats for the kids, hot chocolate, bottled water, arts and crafts, decorations to make the gathering space a "Winter wonderland," cups, napkins, Clorox wipes

  • Rolling racks and hangers (can be on loan as we won't need them after the event)

Those who wish to make a monetary donation to Better Way Detroit can make a check out to Our Lady of the Rosary with “For Christmas Store” in the message line. Mail checks to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 5930 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202.