Together, we can make a difference!
This is Christmas is a program through Redeemer Church which has dramatically changed the lives of children in our local communities. Over the last few years, this outreach has been able to provide hundreds of Christmas gifts and winter clothing to children in our community. The program is designed to allow families and children in need to come and 'shop for free.' The shopping event takes place the second Saturday of December at local department stores in the community. Parents are able to shop for what they think their kids would like. In addition to wrapping gifts, we provide an environment where parents can enjoy some festive snacks and find encouragement as well as support.
What makes this program different?
All our families are given to us through relationships developed with local agencies, schools, and family service organizations. We verify the need then provide the resource. No one else does that. This is Christmas is local people and businesses changing the lives of local kids. Each year we have a dream of helping more & more kids in families who may fall through the cracks of the system and not enjoy the holidays.
The family needs to be nominated by a partner school, church or agency. After the nomination process, the family will receive a confirmation letter which they will need to bring with them along with personal identification to the shopping event. This is Christmas has designated stores for the families to shop at on a specified date.
When mom or dad arrives at the store, they'll be paired with one of our volunteers and have the ability to shop entirely FREE for toys, stocking stuffers and winter clothing for their children. There will be a team of volunteers to wrap their gifts and some refreshments to add a little Christmas cheer for the parents while they wait.
We ask individuals, like you, to sponsor children and families who are legitimately in need. Those children are then sponsored and their parents or guardians are able to shop for them, to purchase exactly what they want for Christmas. Last year we were able to help over 700 kids with legitimate needs have the Christmas of their dreams.
Families have their needs met with love, care and dignity. That is Christmas.