The following is a message from our November Charity of the Month, OC United’s Affordable Christmas Store:
Christmas should be a day filled with joy, security, and celebration! For some, Christmas can be painful, lonely, and triggering. This is a reality for many reasons, one being that Christmas gifts are expensive and, for some individuals and/or families, one’s lack of ability to provide gifts for those they love causes shame and the lying whispers of their worthlessness intensifies. One way to prevent this from happening is to provide an “Affordable Christmas Store”. We are collecting *new* gifts and selling them at a price that doesn’t cause anxiety but rather pride and dignity in actually allowing them to be able to buy something meaningful for someone they love. 100% of the proceeds will go back to our programs that are supporting the participants of this event. We invite you to help us make this happen! Our store will be open Saturday, December 15th, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and will be available to all individuals within OC United’s initiatives: aged-out foster youth, fostering families, individuals who are homeless, domestic violence victims, and families from at-risk neighborhoods. With your help, we can provide Christmas for 300 individuals! We are looking for gifts that are brand new, un-used, and $15+. Please bring 1 gift that is for someone your own age! Please drop off gifts to your school’s front office or classroom. If you have any questions, please email me at gro.d1555720041etinu1555720041co@dy1555720041esdni1555720041l1555720041" >gro.d1555720041etinu1555720041co@dy1555720041esdni1555720041l1555720041 .
For Children – Legos, baby dolls, trains, board games, nurf-guns, transformers, etc.
For Teenagers – portable speakers, Fujifilm instax camera, make-up, headphones, hydro flasks, etc.
For Adults – kitchen ware, purses, scarves, perfume/cologne, workout equipment, wallets, belts, etc.
Collecting gifts: Now until December 1st
Event: Saturday, December 15th, 10:00am – 5:00pm
All day PARTY! Including our Affordable Christmas Store, live Santa Claus, free cookie decorating and hot chocolate station, free family portraits, and much more!