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The Christmas Store, located in the Xavier Building, 1435 N. Illinois Street, will open November 27. More than 700 needy families will shop for Christmas gifts and clothing for their children. Donations of time, gifts and money help bring a brighter Christmas season for these families in need. In many cases, the gifts provided by the Christmas Store will be the ONLY Christmas items these families will receive. There are three ways you can help:

Cash Donations: Click here to donate.

Volunteer: The Christmas Store will be open November 27, 28, 30, December 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 18. (Shifts vary per day.) If you would like to volunteer for a morning shift, (8:30 am to 12:30 pm), afternoon shift (12:00 pm to 4:00 pm) or evening shift (4:00 pm to 7:30 pm) please sign up online: or email Marilyn at Thank you!

Material Donations: All new, unwrapped donations are appreciated and will be put to good use.  The following items are especially needed or requested by our client families. To schedule a date and time to deliver your donated items, please contact Nancy at

(Download entire list here)


INFANT TOYS:  for newborns through age 1

TODDLER TOYS:  Ride-On Toys; Baby Dolls of all ethnicities;  Doll Strollers & Doll Clothes;  Play Tents; Trucks; Fire Engines; Plastic Blocks; Hot Wheels Cars & Playsets;  Dollhouses with dolls;  Fisher  Price or Playskool Sets; Paw Patrol Toys.

SCHOOL-AGE TOYS:  Barbie, Disney, My Life, Our Generation, & Baby Alive Dolls; Doll Playsets;  Doll Clothes; Barbie cars & swimming pools; Craft Sets, Drawing Sets;  31” Skateboards; Super Hero, Star Wars, or Wrestling Figures & Playsets; Lego Sets; Scooters; Jewelry; Only select Board Games—Monopoly,  Operation, Simon, Jenga.

TEEN GIFTS:  Nail Polish Sets; Large Ladies’ & Men’s Toiletry Sets; Curling or Flat Irons; Hair Dryers; Axe & Old Spice Sets; Shavers or Shaving Sets; Jewelry; Colts’ or Pacers’ Merchandise; Dartboards; Drones;  Basketballs &  Footballs.


HOUSEHOLD  ITEMS:  6 Quart  Crockpots;  Sets of Dishes;  Electric Skillets or Griddles;  Toaster Ovens;  Blenders;  Coffeemakers; Bissell or Black & Decker 3-in-1 Stick Vacuums;  King-Size Sheets; King or Queen-Size Blankets or Comforters;  Towel  Sets;  Pyrex  Baking  Sets.

One-piece infant clothing with long sleeves & legs, Sizes 0—18 months, especially  sizes  9, 12, & 18 months.
Boys’ Jeans/Pants in Sizes 2T—18.  Girls’ Jeans/Pants in Sizes 2T---16.
Long-sleeve tops for Boys or Girls, Sizes 2T---18; zip-front hoodies are especially popular.
Adult-size long sleeve tops for Teen Girls, Sizes  XS—XLarge & for Teen Boys, Sizes  Small—2X.
Adult-size Jeans for Teen Girls in Sizes  0 thru 16, especially sizes 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,& 17.
Adult-size Jeans for Teen Boys in Waist Sizes of 30 thru  38.
Adult-size ski-type Gloves for Teen Boys;  Ski-type Gloves  for School Age Boys.
Children’s Underwear in Sizes 2T/3T & Sizes 4 thru 18;  Boxer Briefs are preferred for all Boys’ Underwear in Sizes 6 and up.  Men’s  Boxer  Brief Underwear in Size  Small only.

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