The YWCA of St. Joseph Christmas Store Offers Shelter Families Opportunity to Have a Joyful Christmas
Donate Items to the YWCA Christmas Store by December 17
Each year, the YWCA of St. Joseph operates a store for the families living at the Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children (the Shelter). The store provides an opportunity for Shelter families to experience a happy Christmas while they are looking forward to a brighter future.
This year, the store will be open December 18 through the 20 with operating hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children will be able to choose gifts for their moms, and moms will be able to choose gifts for their children. The families visiting the Christmas Store do not receive similar resources at any other agency or program in the community.
The Christmas Store, located in the YWCA Terrace Room, is made possible by the donations of funds, gifts and time by the community. Volunteers are needed to staff the store, and the community can contribute to the stocking of the store, which will carry items appropriate for women and for children up to the age of 18. Please consider donating one or more of the following:
- Bedding, including blankets, pillows and sheets
- Pajama robes and slippers (adult and children sizes)
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Blow-dryers and curling iron/straighteners
- Shower gel (men/women) and deodorant (men/women)
- Alarm clocks
- Lip balm
- Bus Passes
- Perfume, lotions, etc.
- Batteries, flash lights or night lights
- Children’s toys (new and unwrapped)
- Hot wheels
- Pay-as-you-go phones and phone cards
- Gifts for teen children (girls and boys)
- Movie passes/gift cards
- Winter clothes
“The holidays can be a difficult time for a family that is in transition. The Christmas Store helps remind them that there are support and resources available for them,” said Jean Brown, Executive Director of the St. Joseph YWCA. “We all can relate to the joy that comes with finding the perfect gift for someone we love, and the Christmas Store gives these families that experience.”
The St. Joseph YWCA encourages, individuals, extended families and office groups to adopt the Christmas Store as a holiday service project, collecting donations of funds and gifts for the benefit of families living at the Shelter, and then volunteering time while the store is open.
If you have questions about the Christmas Store or you would like to volunteer, please call 232-4481. We look forward to another great year working together to make the holidays happy for some special families!