In previous years, we have held the “Adopt-a-family” program at Christmas time. We want to give more than gifts to the families we serve. We want to give dignity to our families. To do this, we created a “Christmas Shoppe” where families involved in our programs can purchase gifts at greatly reduced price and have a personal investment in giving to their family at Christmas.
The UFM Christmas Shoppe has been a success! We received donations from more than 25 families and businesses and a large church congregation, giving our Shoppe a wide variety of items to offer UFM parents. There were board games, sports equipment, coloring books, clothing, kitchen utensils, housewares, and much, much more! All donated items were brand new, including some handmade blankets, hats and scarves. Because of the generous people who donated these gifts, Urban Family Ministries was able to, in turn, touch over 100 families, including some neighborhood referrals. For things to run smoothly, we need the help of volunteers. Last Christmas we had 53 different volunteers put in 244 volunteer hours! All monies received are put right back into UFM programs.
The Christmas Shoppe was well-received by our parents! A few quotes from those shopping were:
“The Christmas Shoppe was a tremendous blessing to my family. I wasn’t going to be able to buy gifts this year for my kids but you helped make it possible!” - single mom of 3
"I hope you are doing the Shoppe again next year. Now that I know what you have, I’m going to save more money for next year’s Christmas shopping!” - single mom of 5
“I did not have enough money to shop at the retail stores. I was able to shop with a small amount of money in your Christmas Shoppe. It made me feel good to shop, buy things for my kids, wrap them and then have gifts for them on Christmas morning.” - a single mom of 3
We will be accepting new items for our next Christmas Shoppe beginning November 1 through December 12.
Click here for a copy of our Christmas Shoppe flyer and a list of suggested items you can look for. Help a family take steps towards breaking the cycle of dependency and entitlement. THANK YOU for your desire to make the Christmas Shoppe a wonderful experience for our families!