Christmas in July!
The Christmas Store partnership between New Life Temple in Madisonville and New City is celebrating its ninth year! We began this store with our friends from New Life Temple to help parents and grandparents provide gifts at Christmas for their children when finances might be tight.
But our store is a little different than a lot of other Christmas gift donations. Instead of simply giving gifts to them to pass onto their kids, we provide an opportunity for caregivers to shop for gifts at reduced prices.
And this is where YOU come in. New City members and regulars buy age appropriate clothing and toys (each valued around $20) to create the inventory for the Christmas story. Then parents pay upfront flat fee for each child they are shopping for, then choose one clothing item and one toy. The Christmas Store day has become a festive way for New City to celebrate the generous spirit of Christmas.
We need a BIG INVENTORY of gifts so that even the last shopper of the day on December 7 feels like they have great gift choices for their kids. And to jumpstart our inventory building efforts, we’re doing a little “Christmas in July” toy and clothing drive by asking New City folks to grab an ornament from the mini tree in The Commons and return the item listed on the ornament during the month of July.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season in this way!