Community Storehouse seeks alternate location for annual Christmas distribution

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Officials at the Community Storehouse are seeking the public’s help finding a location to have this year’s Holiday House, the organization’s annual Christmas distribution.

Community Storehouse offers education, support and assistance with basic needs for children of the Keller and Northwest school districts whose families are going through a crisis - a job loss, medical emergency or the death of a parent.

Holiday House provides Christmas gifts to more than 3,000 children and uses about 500 volunteers for the event to help parents pick out a bicycle, toys, clothes and stocking stuffers. After shopping, parents can have the gifts wrapped by volunteers before picking up their holiday meal on their way to load their car.

The event is usually held at Keller High School in the gym.

Executive Director Barbara Board said this year, because school lets out for Christmas break on Dec. 20, there is not enough time to have the event at the high school before Christmas Day.

Board said the school district is still offering the gym for the event anytime after the students are let out for break, but with the timing, she would like to try and find an alternative location for this year.

She said Holiday House takes one full day to set up, which would leave Sunday, Dec. 22 for shopping and distribution.

Board said having the big day on Sunday would be risky, possibly losing some volunteers who attend church and the many corporate sponsors who man the event.

Waiting until Monday to set up for the event would leave people shopping on Christmas Eve, which doesn’t seem feasible, she said.

“The best case scenario for this year, is if we could set this up for the sixteenth during the week, then we can get more help,” she said.

Board said finding a large enough location could be a problem because they need about 6,000 to 8,000 square feet of space.

“If we can’t find any place big enough, we will have it at the school,” she said. “It’s no fault of the school, it just takes so many volunteers in two days to take care of these families.”

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