(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Volunteers at the YWCA have been hard at work setting up for their annual Christmas store.
The holiday store provides a secure place for mothers living in the YWCA domestic abuse shelter to pick up Christmas presents for their children for free.
The YWCA collects donations from the community and organize the items by age group, for mothers to shop for new toys, clothing, books and supplies for their children.
“We have a strong community that provides for us nicely. We are just overwhelmed by all the giving this year,” YWCA Training and Outreach Coordinator Carrie Turner said.
Families at the YWCA do not receive sponsorship from outside organizations during the holidays; making the Christmas store one of the few opportunities available for the mothers to give their children Christmas gifts.
The Christmas shop will help provide gifts for 52 families, including 30 children this holiday season. The store will be open Monday, December 18 through Thursday, December 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thanks to the generosity of the public, not additional donations are needed this year and all volunteering positions have been filled for the Christmas shop this year. For additional volunteering opportunities contact Carrie Turner at the YWCA.