“I told my kids there wasn’t going to be a Christmas. Because of your store, there will be gifts under the tree.”
~ U.S. Veteran
“This is the first year I’ve been able to buy gifts for my grandbabies.”
These are just a few of the comments overheard by shoppers at the North(East) Pole, a community Christmas Store that sells donated toys and gifts to low-income individuals for 10% of their retail value. In 2016, we were able to collect over $75,000 in donations and provide gifts for over 2,000 children!
How it works:
The North(east) Pole provides gifts for children ages 0-18. We collect brand new toys and gifts throughout the year. The second week of December we have three shopping days in the St. Alphonsus Parish Center during which low-income parents and grandparents can come and shop for their children. Each household is allowed to spend $15 dollars at the store, receiving $150 worth of brand new items. Those wishing to shop must be registered in the ACCESS Pantry Network.
This experience is one filled with dignity– shoppers are given the opportunity to pick out gifts they know their kids will love, and purchase them with their own money. The Christmas Store is a helping hand, not a handout.
Ways to participate
- Volunteer: Helpers are needed to man toy tables, help neighbors shop, provide Christmas cookies for those waiting in lines, gift wrap, and price and sort gifts.
- Collect Toys and Gifts: To achieve our goal of serving 500 families, we need $75,000 in cash and gifts. Host a toy drive, invite a North(east) Pole committee member to speak at your church, or send a financial contribution.
- Become a Prayer Partner: Encourage your faith community to pray for the Christmas Store and our neighbors.
- For More Details contact AJ Fossel at 616-913-4415