Highland is excited to once again serve our community through The Christmas Store at Highland! For the past six years, this store has served as a wonderful way to build relationships through shopping for Christmas presents with families we have met through a variety of local ministries.
The store is an alternative to gift sponsorship that allows parents and caregivers the opportunity to provide for, and pick out gifts for their children. Each year you generously donate new toys and books, which constitutes the merchandise in our Christmas Store. Parents shop from a variety of items and buy their gifts at an 80% discount. Each year, the store is staffed with a small group of volunteers, so the shoppers can have a true Christmas shopping experience. They select gifts themselves with their individual children in mind. The store offers gifts for children from birth to age 18.
Here are some favorites to get your shopping started: anything featuring a popular movie or television character action figures, cars, sports equipment, battery operated toys (with batteries!), dolls of all skin hues, makeup and nail polish kits, shaving kit, craft kits, electronics, bedding, and anything the kids and teens you know enjoy. For ideas, visit https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/MY4WZK6LR8PP/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_mt__wl.
In addition each family is given one free book per child. Because we give these away instead of selling them, we invite donations of new and like new books. We especially need books for emerging readers, young adults, and books with culturally diverse characters and authors. For ideas, visit https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2NJ4MBCQ1UYOH/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist.
We will collect donations during worship at the Hanging of the Green Service on December 1. Please consider using your home or work place as a collection point for toys, and then bring them with you to the service. If you would like to donate but are unable to attend the Hanging of the Green service, you can place donations in the bins outside of the choir room during the week of November 25 and mark your donations “Highland Christmas Store”.