Sometimes, good neighbors come in the form of neighborhood businesses and local churches! This past December we partnered with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) thrift store to do our annual Pride for Parents Christmas event.
Pride for Parents was created with the idea that families would prefer to provide for themselves at Christmas rather than receive a handout. Even if a family has limited means to do so, a mom, dad, aunt, uncle or grandparent wants to buy gifts for their families around the holidays. It can be demeaning for a parent who wants to provide a special Christmas, to have their Christmases usurped by well-meaning initiatives to deliver presents to low income families. They would prefer themselves to be the cause of their child’s joyful smiles on Christmas day. Pride for Parents is a program designed to provide the families in our neighborhood the opportunity to shop for their families at greatly reduced cost.
Through the support of generous churches and individuals, Agape collects brand new toys to sell at discounted prices. We deliver them to the DAV, and the DAV staff take responsibility for setting up all the collected toys in a sectioned-off area of the store. City of Refuge Church throws a Christmas party for the kids while the parents meet at Agape to be taken to the store. DAV employees stay late to keep the store open, working the cash register and setting up the store and dinner area. They are paid for their over time – such a blessing during an expensive season! Before the shopping begins, all of Agape’s parents share a meal and pray together. After they have shopped, volunteers wrap their gifts in beautiful paper and ribbon. At the end of the evening, all brand new unbought toys are donated to the thrift store, increasing their future revenue!
Pride for Parents is a unique giving opportunity at Christmas because it provides three gifts in one:
1. The gift of a toy at Christmas for a child.
2. The gift of pride for the parents who are able to provide for their families.
3. The gift of income for the DAV store and employees.
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