The YWCA is getting ready to open their Christmas Store to provide practical items and gifts to the families living in the shelter as result of domestic violence.
YWCA training and outreach coordinator Carrie Turner said she is happy to report that donors have already reached out to her about helping with this years' store.
"We started getting calls even before Halloween," Turner said.
They are asking members of the community to help by volunteering to work the store and/or donating items that are appropriate for women and children up to age 18.
The YWCA also encourages office groups, families and individuals to adopt the store as a holiday service project by collecting donations of gifts and funds for the families of the shelter.
Turner said the Christmas Store is a great way to give back because it gives the mothers in their shelter an opportunity they would otherwise not get.
"When we set up the christmas store it gives moms the opportunity to pick out the gifts for their kids. So they have a little ownership in their christmas," Turner said.
The Christmas Store will be open between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. December 18 to 22nd in the Terrace Room at the YWCA. Those interested in volunteering can call the YWCA at 816-232-4481.
They ask that donations come new and unwrapped. The following is a list of recommended items for donation, which need to be dropped off by December 17:
Bedding, including blankets, pillows and sheets
Pajama robes and slippers (adult and children sizes)
Shampoo and conditioner
Blow-dryers and curling iron/straighteners
Shower gel (men/women) and deodorant (men/women)
Perfume, lotions, etc.
Batteries, flash lights or night lights
Children's toys (new and unwrapped)
Pay-as-you-go phones and phone cards
Gifts for teen children (girls and boys)
Movie passes/gift cards