Join us for a celebration of GRACE Christmas Cottage on Monday, December 9th! Witness the magic created by volunteers as they ready the Cottage to welcome our clients, making certain their Christmases are complete!
The Sesame Street theme is sure to delight young and old alike, and there will be plenty of goodies going around!
GRACE clients are blessed to have the good will, volunteers and toys—all the amazing toys—provided by our caring community so that we may open a Christmas Cottage each holiday season. Client parents are thrilled and grateful for the chance to “shop” for their children’s gifts and watch as the excitement lights up their little faces on Christmas morning.
When someone comes to GRACE for help, our caseworkers conduct a thorough assessment of their needs. For some in dire need, food, shelter, clothing and medical care are provided to the full extent. For others, assistance is provided to the extent needed. All clients benefit as our mission philosophy of “self-sufficiency” is always kept in mind.
For the Christmas Cottage, client parents are given a voucher equivalent to the needs of their family. Voucher in hand, parents and Cottage volunteers shop table after table of toys, electronics, clothing, books and games.
Their selections are then packaged in a black plastic bag (to prevent snooping) along with wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and cards. The parents can then select a “family gift” for the home, usually a small kitchen appliance and a fun family game.
In this way, we feel Christmas Cottage provides our client parents an authentic Christmas shopping experience of selecting toys and gifts that their children want and need. Wrapping the gifts at home, watching their young ones excitingly rip through the paper to discover what Santa brought, each step to our Cottage is purposefully focused on making the family’s holiday complete.
The Children’s Open House (for families and youth groups) is from 4:00–5:30 p.m. with cookies and punch to go around. The Open House then begins at 5:30 p.m. with drinks & eats provided by Scratch Catering & Fine Foods.
Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to add to the Christmas Cottage wares. The GRACE Christmas Cottage is located at 1250 William D. Tate in Grapevine, between Joann Fabrics and Petco. If you have any questions, please contact our Seasonal Programs Coordinator, Lori Stephens, at (817) 992-4690, or our Volunteer Coordinator, Alicia Fike, at firstname.lastname@example.org.