Christmas Store Helps Families In Need

There is a store that is making the holidays a bit brighter for hundreds of families.

“Everybody gets gifts. To me, Christmas is Christmas. You give Christmas to everybody. It’s happiness,” said Nancy Martin of Community Services League.

Barbara Hatfield said this year has been tough for her family and money is tight. She is using the Christmas Store at the Community Services League to pick out gifts for her five kids. All of the items in the store are free, KMBC’s Jere Gish reported.

“There would not be anything under the tree if it wasn’t for them,” Hatfield said.

All of the merchandise is donated.

Gish reported that needy families come in and get what they need to make their Christmas special. It’s one of six stores operating over the holiday.

Tonya Gable shopped for her two young children.

“She’s going to love it. She loves baby dolls. She thinks her brother is baby doll,” Gable said.

Gish reported that the store is not just for kids. Adults can pick out gifts for themselves as well.

“They even let us pick out things for ourselves, which I wasn’t expecting to get anything under the tree this year,” Hatfield said.

The Christmas Stores will serve more than 1,000 families this year, and they still need more donations to fill everyone’s Christmas list, Gish reported.

The Community Services League is looking for new donated items, especially for 8 to 12-year-old boys and girls.

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