Vision for the Store

The store offers new toys ($25 and under in value) for sale at $2 each to parents in the low-income communities nearby. We offer free gift-wrapping, refreshments, childcare during the event, and prayer as well. The discounted prices enable parents to afford Christmas gifts for their kids. They have the dignity and pleasure of picking out the gifts and paying for it themselves. Research has shown that “hand-outs” of gifts secretly demoralize those who receive them, especially fathers. Repeatedly being given handouts of toys, food, and clothing has been shown to have a

profoundly negative impact on communities in the long run. So we hope this store will be a blessing to these families without the negative effects. We also hope to see the bonds of Christ grow between the partner churches as we work together as one for the gospel and for the love of Jesus.

How can you get involved?


The Christmas Store takes place on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am - 2 pm. Volunteer needs include cashiers, childcare, hospitality, prayer team, security, gift wrappers and more.


Our goal is to serve approximately 200 Elgin children this year, so we need to stock our store shelves with 400 or more gifts! Purchase a gift valued at $20-25  to help us meet that goal.

Gift suggestions:

age 0-4

toys that can be attached to baby carriers

board books

dolls (consider ethnic skintones)

Peppa Pig items

bathtub toys

wood blocks

play vehicles—cars,

firetrucks, trains, etc

riding toys

Duplo blocks

play phones

play food

play microphone

play cash register

Disney items

dress up costumes

Melissa and Doug items

age 5-8

Sports equipment


Leapfrog play computer

Toy tool set

Melissa and Doug stamp set or other items

Barbie Dolls (including ethnic skintones)

Lego kits

Star Wars items

Superhero items

walkie talkies

learning games

art supplies


Playdoh sets

Disney items


Discovery Kids

Simple digital cameras


age 9-12

Sports Equipment—soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, skateboards



Simon Optix

Superhero items


fashion watches

remote control cars

microscope kit

craft sets

jewelry craft kits

board games

fashion jewelry


Not a shopper? Grab a Target gift card or make a cash donation, and the volunteer team will do the shopping for you!

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