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GRACE Christmas Cottage Takes a Village

Nov 14, 2012 12:07PM ● By tina

It truly takes a village of dedicated volunteers to move the GRACE Christmas Cottage into its local holiday headquarters. The Christmas Cottage is located at 2845 Exchange Blvd, Suite 300 in Southlake.  IBM employees, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many recurring Elves were ready, willing and able to fill that need this month.

Many bicycles, books, clothes and toys galore were moved en masse, along with boxes filled with Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, ornaments and other holiday delights. “We’re thrilled with our volunteer and donor support for the Christmas Cottage,” said GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer.  “However, we are concerned because we are reaching about 400 more kids than last year. We’re looking to the community to step in and help with more donations.”

GRACE expects this year’s Christmas Cottage to touch the lives of more than 600 families with more than 1,600 children who live in the Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake area. “We are asking even more this year from our community to help fill this need,” Schaefer said. GRACE is requesting supporters to donate new and unwrapped toys and gifts for children and teens, small appliances and gift cards for parents, wrapping paper, tape, bows and batteries. If you are interested in donating, then please bring your contributions to the Christmas Cottage in Southlake after Thanksgiving between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, November 26.

The Christmas Cottage is little more than a huge warehouse now, but dozens of volunteers are already helping organize, decorate, stock and transform it from a warehouse into a magical shop for GRACE clients to choose the toys and gifts that will thrill their children Christmas morning.  When the Cottage officially opens December 7, more volunteers will price items, restock shelves, assist GRACE clients as they make their selections—Spanish-speaking volunteers are so important to make sure all families’ needs are met—and add wrapping paper and bows so mom and dad can put the finishing touches on their children’s presents.

The Christmas Cottage is open for GRACE clients through December 20. What Christmas experience would be complete without cookies? The Christmas Cottage needs six dozen cookies a day during this time. Another cadre of cookie baking volunteers takes the lead with this sweet task.  As with every event, we need volunteers who are willing to help clean up, sort and move items to storage after the Christmas Cottage has closed. Volunteer spots are filling fast! If you are interested in volunteering, then please contact Lori Stevens at 817-488-7009 ext. 329 or to get on the schedule. Even though volunteer openings may be full, toys are still needed.

Please visit the GRACE Seasonal Program page for a complete list of items needed for the Christmas Cottage.