The YWCA Christmas Store … A Special Store for Women and Children Living at the Shelter
The YWCA Christmas Store is a special store for women and children living at the YWCA Shelter, and is open for Shelter families to “shop” from Dec. 19 through Dec. 21. At the Christmas Store, children in the shelter will have a special opportunity to choose items for their moms — and the moms staying at the Shelter will have a chance to choose gifts for their children. All items are new and offered at no charge to the families.
Families staying in the Shelter find most of their Christmas items from Christmas Store donations; they are not adopted by other agencies. Items donated to the store are wrapped by Shelter residents with a “little volunteer help” from area residents.
“The holidays can be especially trying for families that have experienced violence and have been uprooted from their homes,” said Jean Brown, executive director, YWCA St. Joseph. “However, we’ve witnessed the positive impact that a simple donation of everyday items and toys can have as these families take steps toward a new year with hope.”
The Christmas Store will be set up in the YWCA Terrace Room, 304 N. 8th Street, for Shelter families to shop from Dec. 19 through Dec. 21. Children served by the store are ages infant to 18 years old.
The community is invited to participate in two ways:
- Volunteer to work in the store: Volunteers are needed December 19-21st from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Store volunteers will help moms and children shop and will wrap their selections.
- Donate items: New items like blankets, household goods, clothing and toys are requested. Children served can be 0-18 years old and are living with mom. Offices and groups are encouraged to deliver Christmas Store items for a fun and meaningful holiday activity.
Please call the YWCA to participate at 232-4481.
A full list of items needed for the Christmas Store is available at http://ywcasj.org/what-we-do/victim-services/.