Each year, the South End Community Center opens the doors of its community shop to families in need for "Christmas shopping." The shop is operated as a "no charge store" but is set up in a way that allows families the opportunity to select the specific items they feel are the most appropriate for their children and loved ones.
The requested each year are those items most needed by families in our community so more than one of the same item is always needed. A signup sheet can be found in Palmer Hall, however you can also let us know by email if you're able to help. Here are some suggestions:
- Black dolls - Barbie or Baby (the dolls we donated last year were very popular)
- Toiletry sets for the teenage girls (scented lotion, shower gel)
- Gift Cards for the teenage young men and women (Target, Wal-Mart, Claire's, Payless, Movie Passes, McDonald's, Burger King, Price Chopper, Marshall's, etc)
- PJs for youngsters in small, medium and large
- Heavy PJs for older teens (they wear them to go out)
- Action Figures for boys under 12
- Warm Socks and sweatshirts
- Mittens, hats and gloves
- Sweatshirts and socks in sizes XL to 2X are popular with the "older" young men
- Stuffed Animals
- Footballs, Basketballs
- New underwear
Gifts should be brought in by the second Wednesday in December (to allow time for delivery and distribution) and placed in the box in Palmer Hall... or you can call the church at (518) 482-4580.
Last year's support was so great that we were able to completely fill the delivery vehicle with your donations! Together, we were able to provide toys, clothes, housewares, and other items as well as almost $300 in various gift cards to area families in need. Leslie Phalen, of the South End Community Outreach Center, was very grateful and appreciative of all your support. First Congregational Church would like to also extend thanks to everyone who has contributed, making sure that all our neighbors have glad tidings this Christmas season.