Christmas Store

Thursday, Dec. 14 | 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15 | 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 | 9 to 11 a.m.

At Christmas, many families do not have adequate resources to purchase gifts for their children and struggle just to make ends meet with the necessities of life. The Christmas Store allows them to shop for gifts at a reduced price, empowering them to make their own choices and purchase affordable gifts for their own family. It protects the sense of pride and dignity parents have in being able to provide for their children.

All of it is made possible through donations and volunteers. Prayerfully consider how you might help families in need during this special time of year. See details below.

 

Who benefits from the Store?

Elementary, middle and high school counselors and social workers, In As Much Ministries, Love Inc. and other organizations in the community with ties to Second Baptist Church refer families from the community to the Christmas Store. They will refer parents or guardians with children birth through High School.

If you are struggling financially this year and would like an opportunity to be served by the Christmas Store, contact Second Baptist Church at 816-781-2824 ext. 311. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

What happens at the Store?

Each client registers and reserves an appointment time When they arrive, they will be greeted by volunteers and treated to holiday music, decorations, and refreshments. Free childcare is provided, and the children will enjoy crafts, snacks, games and a Christmas movie. The parents have an opportunity to select two gifts and fill a stocking for each child ($5 per child). When they have finished shopping, they can either have the gifts wrapped, wrap the gifts themselves or take home gift wrapping supplies.

How is the Christmas Store stocked?

Gifts come from members of Second Baptist Church. Donated gifts should be brand new and in the box (no used gifts will be accepted). The suggested price range for donated gifts is $10-30.

How many people will this year’s store serve?

Last year, the store served 61 families and 202 kids. We expect to serve even more families this year.

How can YOU help?

1. Stock the Store

DONATE TOYS BY DEC. 7: You can find gift tags near Tutt Chapel, in the narthex in the back of the sanctuary and wrapped around the pole in the Welcome Center. Purchase a gift for that gender and age child in the chosen price range. Ideas of gifts to buy are on the back of the tags. Then, bring it back to the church (unwrapped) by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Place your gifts in the green boxes located next to the gift tag displays.

DONATE FUNDS: We will also gladly accept cash donations to buy additional items for the store.

DONATE UNWANTED HALLOWEEN CANDY:  Looking for a way to get rid of all that Halloween candy? We can use your candy (non-Halloween specific) to fill candy bags for stockings for each child.

2. Volunteer at the Christmas Store: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Opportunities include helping with pre-store preparations and set up, working during the store, clean up and providing cookies.

· Each volunteer area has specific minimum age requirements for children volunteering without an adult. Children 12 years old or younger can volunteer with a parent or guardian immediately alongside them in the same area at the same time.

· There will be a brief volunteer training session time TBA. Be on the lookout for more information about volunteer opportunities.

 

QUESTIONS? Contact Karri George at 2bcchristmasstore@gmail.com.