2018 Bellflower Community Christmas Store
Friday, December 14, 2018
The christmas store model
This Christmas, you can give 3 gifts in 1!
A toy for a child whose family is experiencing tough financial times
Dignity for that child’s parents, because they get to buy their own gifts for their kids
Money for a charitable cause chosen by the parents
There’s no doubt that times are tough for many families in Bellflower. We anticipate that this year, more than ever, families are going to struggle to give their children presents on Christmas morning. There are many ways to address this issue, but we believe the best method of helping our neighbors is creating a community Christmas store where parents can purchase gifts at a fraction of the cost. We believe this method is rewarding to both parents and children in need. Parents are blessed with the gift of picking the perfect gift for their own kid. The children are blessed with a Christmas gift actually from their parents, and the program provides a meaningful way for the more fortunate families to donate children’s gifts during the Christmas season. And the coolest part is that the proceeds from the store go back into charitable causes: 50% goes back to fund the store for next year, and the remaining 50% goes to a charitable cause chosen by the parents who are shopping that year! In 2017 families donated $651 to World Renew’s Disaster Relief Fund for Northern Calif. Fires.
This model was inspired by the Pride for Parents Christmas Store from FCS Ministries. Click here to watch a great video explaining why we “sell” the gifts instead of giving them away.
Who can shop at the Christmas Store?
We accept referrals from the following groups:
Bellflower Unified School District family support staff and teachers (through a partnership with Caring Connections)
KCB Case Managers
Our goal this year is to collect over 700 gifts for the store...so we need your help!
Please drop off new unwrapped presents of at least a $10 value during regular office hours at:
10115 Rose St.
Bellflower, CA 90706
The deadline to drop off gifts is Thursday, December 6th!
Here are some Popular gifts:
Skateboards & Scooters
Blow Dryers, Flat Irons, & Curling Irons
Good Quality Balls & Sports Equipment
Gift Cards (iTunes, Forever 21, Game Stop)
Beauty items (lotions, make-up, etc.)
Princess & Superhero Items
Hot Wheels & Trucks
Remote Control Cars
Dolls & Barbies
(aka don’t buy these because they don’t sell):