December 9th & 10th, 2016
Christmas is a tough time for many low-income families. Parents often lack the resources to provide gifts for their children. Most charitable organizations try to meet this need by adopting families for Christmas, and delivering wrapped presents to the home just before the holiday. A generous and well-intentioned approach, it can also have unintended consequences.
Instead, Peacemakers operates a Christmas Toy Store. For this outreach, local churches, organizations, and individuals donate new, unwrapped toys to Peacemakers, with price tags still attached. Peacemakers then reprices the items at 80 percent off. Invitations are sent to local low-income families (based on school social worker and local agency referrals), and those families come to the “store” to shop on two days in December. There are also free wrapping stations so parents can wrap the gifts they have purchased. As a result, parents leave with presents for their children that they have carefully selected, purchased and wrapped. Through this model, we are able to empower. The small amount of revenue that is produced through the store goes directly back into other Peacemakers programming.
Will you be a part of this effort? In addition to purchasing and donating toys, we need volunteers to:
- Reprice donations
- Setup and decorate the store
- Work as cashiers, greeters, and shopping helpers
- Bake cookies and serve refreshments
- Manage our Kid’s Craft Room, where children can make crafts for their parents while the parents shop
- Pray with guests
If you are willing to volunteer, please call Donna Clifton or April Wade at 252.212.5044.
Gift donations may be brought to Peacemakers (1725 Davis Street) during any of the following times:
Mondays – Thursdays: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Thank you for partnering with Peacemakers to make this a great Christmas for our low-income children AND their parents!
Suggested Gifts for Peacemakers Christmas Toy Shop
0-2 Years Old: activity quilts, play mats, bath toys, plush toys, musical toys, baby books, pajamas, multiethnic dolls, educational toys (sorting, nesting, stacking, play sets)
3-5 Years Old: pajamas, ride-on toys, pedal and push toys, educational toys, role play toys, costumes, multiethnic dolls or doll houses, art kits
6-8 Years Old: pajamas, multiethnic fashion dolls, dramatic play (doctor, school, or grocery store sets), e-readers, sporting goods, art kits, puzzles
9-12 Years Old: games, tween accessories, multiethnic dolls, socks, headphones, hand-held electronic games, hobby kits (jewelry making, hair braiding, etc.)
13-18 Year Old: teen room and personal items, gift cards for fast food or movie passes, headphones or earbuds
MOST AGES: Any electronic item, scooters, educational items, bath and body items, bikes, art kits, science kits, sports equipment or team items
0-2 Years Old: activity quilts, play mats, bath toys, push or pull toys, toy cars or trucks, baby gyms, plush toys, musical toys, baby books, pajamas, educational toys (sorting, nesting, stacking, play sets)
3-5 Years Old: pajamas, ride-on toys, pedal and push toys, educational toys, role play toys, toy tools, toy cars or trucks, action figures, art kits
6-8 Years Old: pajamas, action figures, dramatic play (police, fire, and army play sets), construction, train or Lego/Magnetix sets, e-readers, remote operated toys, sporting goods
9-12 Years Old: remote operated toys, building sets, headphones, flat bill hats, hand-held electronic games
13-18 Years Old: gift cards for fast food or movie passes, headphones or earbuds, bikes
MOST AGES: Any electronic item, scooters, educational items, bikes, art kits, science kits, sports equipment or team items.