Christmas Store--How Can You Help?

ALL ELVES NEEDED FOR THE CHRISTMAS STORE

Thursday, Dec. 13 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14 | 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 | 9 to 11 a.m.

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At Christmas time, many families lack the resources to purchase gifts for their children and struggle just to make ends meet. 2BC is passionate about helping families, and an important way we reach out to the Liberty community is through The Christmas Store.

Everything that happens at The Store is provided by our church family through gift donations, monetary donations, and volunteer time. The Store does not happen without everyone giving as they can in big and small ways— it all makes a difference! Keep on reading then prayerfully consider how you can help.

How The Store Works

Liberty area families are referred by school counselors and social workers, In As Much Ministry, and Love INC. Each family registers and schedules a shopping time. When they arrive at 2BC, they are greeted by volunteers and treated to holiday music, decorations, and homemade cookies. 
A personal shopper guides the parents through the store as they shop for two perfect gifts for each child (parents pay $5 per child). The gifts are wrapped while they move on to fill stockings for each child. Free childcare is provided, and the children enjoy crafts, snacks, games, and a Christmas movie.

How to Make The Store Magical

  • Donate Extra Halloween Candy – We use this for stocking stuffers. We will take individually wrapped pieces of candy that are nut-free and not Halloween specific. Look for wagons in the Welcome Center the day after Halloween.
  • Gift Donations – Over 250 children, ages 0 – 18 years, are shopped for each year which means we need far more than 500 gifts each year!! The Store is a shopping experience for our families and needs to be stocked well so that all families, whether they shop the first night or the final morning, have the same incredible supply of gifts to choose from. Gifts should be brand new and in the box (no used gifts can be accepted). We suggest donated gifts range in price from $10-$40. Gift ideas will be posted in the Welcome Center. Download a list of suggested gift items here.
  • Stocking Stuffer Donations – In addition to the candy mentioned above, each child will receive a toy or gift item in their stocking.
  • Monetary Donations – Leave the shopping up to us! Each year it takes about $5000 in monetary donations, on top of the toys donated by church members, to make The Store work. Checks can be made to 2BC, include Christmas Store in the memo line and then drop in the lock box in the Welcome Center.

How to Be a Christmas Store Elf

  • Pre-Store – Removing price tags, bagging candy, organizing gifts, setting up and so much more.
  • During The Store – personal shoppers, gift wrappers, welcome desk, childcare, gift runners, midnight shoppers and more!
  • After The Store – All remaining gifts are sorted and boxed up for use next year.
  • Baking Cookies – We love to have homemade cookies for the families as they wait for their shopping time. If you love to bake, this is perfect for you! Email Karri George  (2bcchristmasstore@gmail.com.)if you are planning on bringing cookies. 

The Christmas Store is truly a magical experience for all the families who shop, but I guarantee the feelings you’ll have on Christmas morning when thinking about all the kids opening their gifts and the pride the parents feel will make it more magical for you, too.

Volunteer at the Christmas Store:

Volunteer opportunities will be posted in the Welcome Center or click one of the links below to volunteer now!

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 soup luncheon and volunteer training on Sunday, December 10 at noon in the Social Room.


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

 

 

 

 

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