A mother "shopping" in the Holiday Store

Free “Holiday Store” Provides Gifts to Families Living in Poverty

The holiday season is here. Snow is predicted, the radio is playing carols and there are long lines at area stores and malls. Many are trying to purchase the “perfect gift” for their child. For many moms and dads who are jobless or are living in poverty getting the “perfect gifts” for their children is just wishful thinking. That’s why Baldwin Center has stepped up.

For decades the Baldwin Center has been partnering with individuals, service groups, businesses, churches, and schools to collect new items to put into its free Holiday Store. Through December 13, Baldwin is asking for your help. New clothing, toys, games, personal items, electronics, books, media, and home-goods for all ages are needed. Items for teens are especially hard to come by.

On December 16 and 17, Baldwin will open the store to an adult family member, who will do her/his family’s shopping for both parents & kids. Baldwin Center will provide the wrapping paper, gift tags, and tape.

The 300 families who are taking part registered back in October, by showing proof of income (income below the poverty line), and proof of minor children living in the household.

“We’ve been doing this for many years because of the community’s support,” remarked Executive Director Lisa Machesky. “It’s unimaginable to think of providing new toys and clothes to over 1,200 people this month without the generosity of our neighbors…It’s huge.”

The families will also receive holiday food boxes including a turkey and enough food for several weeks of meals.

Donations of new items, including gift wrap and supplies, are being accepted at the Baldwin Center, every day until December 13th. Turkeys and canned goods are also needed. A comprehensive list of items can be found online at . Please call Alex Plum at 248.332.6101 to learn more, or to get your group engaged on a large scale.

All donations are tax deductible.

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