Christmas Store: December 12, 2020
The Outreach Community Center is committed to serving our local families through the cherished Christmas Store event. As of now, the 2020 Christmas Store is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th. In light of COVID-19 and the Restore Illinois phases, the Christmas Store will look a little different this year when it comes to the setup, number of shoppers and volunteers we can have on site.
We have begun the work of adjusting aspects of the store to make sure we’re taking the necessary precautions. Your involvement may look different this year but the need for your support remains. Additional details regarding how you can support the store in person, through a gift drive or through prayer support will be announced in late September.
This event is made possible through the commitment and dedication of faithful volunteers, donors and local church leaders. We are thankful for this strong foundation as we re-work the structure in order to bring this store to the community. We are holding fast to the innovative spirit that gave life to this important event over 25 years ago.
The Christmas Store is a special one-day event held each December for families living near the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. Qualifying families can affordably shop for Christmas gifts for their children – at a savings of 75% off retail price. This is a win-win! Purchasing affordable gifts honors parents and grandparents, while proceeds from the Store are designated to Outreach Community Center’s case management services, which helps families throughout the year who need financial assistance.
The 2019 store served 333 families who shopped for 932 children at this annual event. Without the Christmas Store, many families would be unable to purchase new gifts for their children.
Typically each year over 400 volunteers make this store a reality. This year we still need volunteers, however the number of volunteers will be reduced, along with the kind of roles that will be offered. An update regarding volunteer opportunities at the Christmas Store will be available in October.
Individuals, groups and families are invited to participate in the days and weeks leading up to the event and at the store itself. Volunteer registration will open on November 1st. For questions, please contact Mindy Inman, Director of Volunteer Services at email@example.com or by phone at 630.682.1910