This new store helps needy families shop for Christmas gifts

Family Promise of Hall County, an organization that helps homeless families, has found another way to help those in need. 

Instead of simply offering aid free of charge, it’s giving families that are part of its program, and those referred by other agencies, the chance to purchase gifts at a reduced price this Christmas season. It’s a way to help provide materially while also providing emotionally.

“We kind of had been thinking for the last couple of years, we wanted to approach Christmas through Family Promise in a different way, where we could empower our families to provide Christmas themselves for their families,” said Anne Ayers, family advocate assistant with Family Promise.

The Christmas Promise Store, open 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Washington Street in Gainesville, is also receiving help from WomenSource and United Way of Hall County. Donations for the store will be taken at the Family Promise Day Center, United Way and other locations around Hall County through Dec. 5. Family Promise is asking for no clothes, coats, hats or shoes.

“This is the first year we’re doing it, but we’re hoping it will become a tradition in our community where we can help many, many families,” Ayers said.

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