THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!
This year we were able to serve 874 kids!
New updated photos coming soon.
As featured on Fox 2’s “The Nine”
In 2010 in partnership with a local homeless shelter, The Shepherd’s Toy Shoppe began to host an annual toy drive and giveaway for poor and homeless children. Since 2010, this outreach has grown from serving 143 kids to 720 children in 2015. This year our goal is 1,000 kids!
How does the Toy Shoppe work?
Here’s how it works. We collect toys and teenage gifts throughout the year and do a big push for gifts in October and November. In December we will open the toy shop for two weeks. Parents get applications from local shelters and feeding organizations and send them in. Qualifying parents will be scheduled to come “shop” during the two weeks we’ll be open. When we say “shop”, we mean they come to a store-like atmosphere and pick out gifts, but everything is provided completely free of charge.
Our philosophy is simple, no kid should go without a meaningful Christmas. Imagine a homeless child or poor child going to school after Christmas and being asked by other kids “what did you get for Christmas?” No child should have to feel the pain of saying “nothing”.
But it wasn’t enough just to provide “a” toy for a child. No, we felt called by God to provide a “Christmas” for these precious children. So our yearly goal has been to give every kid a minimum of 3-4 brand new quality toys, several stocking stuffers, stockings, hats & gloves, and even wrapping paper so that the parents can make Christmas morning as special as anyone else. On top of that, throughout the year we collect emergency pantry items so that we are able to give the parents some practical hygiene or household items when they come to the Shoppe as well.
Here are our stats for the past 5 years.
2010 – 143 children blessed
2011 – 262 children blessed
2012 – 207 children blessed
2013 – 305 children blessed
2014 – 492 children blessed
2015 – 720 children blessed
2016 – 874 children blessed! Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
Can you help us reach our goal of helping 1000 kids this year? To do that, we’ll need more than 4000 toys, plus all the other items we give away. You can also help with a monetary donation. Most years we end up very short with gifts for teens. We will use your monetary donation to purchase gifts to fill whatever shortage we have…often teenagers.
You can also donate new hats/gloves and household items such as hygiene products.
To Donate Contact:
Or mail a check made out to Refuge Community Church with “Toy Shoppe” in the subject line. All donations are tax deductible.