Things tend to be chaotic around this time of year as everyone hurries to prepare for the end of the year and the beginning of a new one, and there's no type of chaos we enjoy more than our annual Christmas Store, which ran for three days last week. The Christmas Store is when we bring in hundreds of new gifts and transform our offices into shelves of toys, clothing, and sports equipment. We sell each of them for one dollar to youth and families who are part of our Lift community, and we do this because when parents are able to select and pay for their gifts, it provides dignity that sometimes gets lost when well-meaning strangers choose and deliver gifts to families in need.
This year we had over 50 people come through the store, buying a total of almost 350 gifts for their children, siblings, and parents. In addition to the gifts we had for purchase, we gave out a roomful of free items.
We're so grateful for all the volunteers and donors who helped make the Christmas Store a success. Without you, we wouldn't have tape or scissors, let alone gifts!
Have a merry Christmas!