TROY — Partners In Hope has started preparations for its annual Christmas Shop, which will be held Dec. 11-12 from 6 8:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Troy. The shop will serve families in need who live in Troy or Casstown.
Last year, thanks to the generosity of the community, Partners In Hope served more than 100 families and more than 230 children.
For the Christmas Shop, Partners In Hope staff and volunteers will set up donated gifts in a store setting. Participating families will shop and select three gifts and a book for each of their children. As a way for the parents to give back to the community in exchange for receiving gifts from the shop, they are given a choice of volunteering two hours per child or making a monetary contribution of $10 per child. All the money is then donated back to local organizations chosen by the participating families. Last year, the participants voted to donate the money to First Place Food Pantry.
Donations of new toys (no clothing, please), as well as financial contributions, are needed. If you are a business and are willing to have a box placed at your site to collect new toys, contact Andrea at (937) 335-0448. Donations of Christmas wrapping paper and tape would also be appreciated. Financial contributions may be sent to the Partners In Hope office at 116 W. Franklin St. Troy. Please mark “Christmas” on any monetary donations. Partners In Hope is a 501(c) 3 organization and gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Another way in which people can help is through volunteering. Staff need shoppers (to help families pick out toys), gift wrappers, help with loading vehicles, help setting up and tearing down, and help sorting toys. To volunteer, call Andrea at 335-0448. Anyone volunteering the night of the Christmas Shop must be at least 16 years old.
Applications from families will be accepted at the Partners In Hope office during regular walk-in hours: Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Sign-ups will take place from Oct. 22 through Nov. 21. Families with children ages birth through 17 will be served. Parents must bring a photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate for each child, poof of Troy residency, verification of all income and proof of custody if necessary.
For more information, visit www.partnersinhopeinc.org.