Community Storehouse prepares for Christmas

12/03/2013 3:13 PM

12/03/2013 3:13 PM

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the focus on Christmas is in full swing at Community Storehouse.

Food, toys and volunteers are needed for the organization’s annual Holiday House, now named Christmas House, a festive “toy store” where clients can “shop” for free for their children.

The Dec. 20 event, held at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Southlake Boulevard, will provide gifts for about 4,000 children.

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.

Executive Director Barbara Board said many people think of Community Storehouse, which began in 1982 as a food and clothing resource for low income people in the Keller school district area, as a “food pantry.”

“Without that foundation we would not be who we are today,” she said.

Board said the focus has grown beyond food and clothing to keeping children in the classroom so they can succeed later in life and be independent of agencies such as Community Storehouse.

“Food remains a piece of what we do but is not the majority of our efforts,” she said.

Board said the organization is committed to three areas — feeding the mind, body and spirit of local children who are struggling in school because of crisis circumstances at home.

“These circumstances are not the fault of the children,” she said. “Together we can help children in our area succeed in school.”

Feeding the mind is for children through third grade who are below grade level in reading and are referred by their teachers.

“Our program helps bring these children up to their required reading level, insuring they can succeed in grades four through 12,” she said.

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