Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
With the remaining gifts left from the Christmas Store, we blessed:
Boys & Girls Club with 4 boxes of soccer balls, footballs, basketballs.
Four Head Start preschools with 2 boxes of toys each.
One in-home daycare for the children of Expo teen moms.
Seeds of Hope Domestic Abuse Center with two boxes of toys.
River Hills School received two boxes of toys.
“Moving On” program run by church member, Janis Wren. One box of purses and accessories.
Quakerdale received one box of gifts for teen girls.
Our Grundy campus received two boxes of gifts for teen boys that was distributed to boys in needs.
$3,840.75 was available to share with the following organizations:
A$50 check went to each of these schools' libraries. (Each of these schools was represented by a parent who shopped at the Christmas Store on December 11. Parents wrote the school their child attended on the back of their ticket when they checked in.)
Lou Henry Elementary
Bunger Middle School
Central Middle School
Carver Middle School
Expo High School
West High School
East High School
Holmes Junior High - Cedar Falls
Lincoln Elementary - Cedar Falls
North Cedar Elementary - Cedar Falls
The remaining money was gifted to three places: Cunningham Elementary (most of the families who shopped came from Cunningham), Boys & Girls Club, and Harvest Vineyard Church.
It was awesome to see the Christmas Store continue to bless others the week after the actual event itself.
Have a Blessed, joy-filled Christmas!
"I was a cashier and had a blast. It was so heart warming to see the happy faces of parents who found toys their children would love. So many "God bless you's" back and forth. Smiles, Hearing "Merry Christmas" and "you are such a blessing" over and over again made my heart sing. To God be the glory. One man told me he was 72 years old, lived in Waterloo all his life, and had never seen such a wonderful blessing as the Christmas store. I about cried."
"A short conversation I had revealed part of the mission of the Christmas store - a woman told mentioned that she worked very hard to provide for her family and that her children would be able to see that : ) The Christmas Store definitely enables families to provide for their children and/or other family members and I think those shopping appreciate that."
"Today I served as a personal shopper on the floor. I really enjoyed being able to actually interact with the people. It was a neat experience and I think that we really made a difference for these people and their kids this Christmas.
The last lady that I shopped with had four young kids under 7 and one on the way. She had no idea what she really wanted to get for them all because for some reason she thought she could only buy one gift! She was very nice and polite to me and kept thanking me for carrying her things while she looked. She also said how nice it was that I knew where things were so I could help her. When I led her to the check out line she turned and gave me a hug and thanked me and said that I was doing a wonderful thing and my kindness would make her kids have a better Christmas. :)
That was one of the nicest things she could have said! I was reluctant to get out of bed this morning and was really tired. I just wanted to come get this over with and didn't think people would really want my help following them around. I was wrong. I think she made my Christmas season better by opening my eyes to the things that really matter!"
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?