Society Life publisher Elena Ellis featured GRACE Christmas Cottage in her ’Tis the Giving Season issue with a two-page spread crafted by freelance writer Shannon Stewart Salinsky.

Shannon began her story with a passage from the Gospel of Luke, used in the animated Christmas classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, also the Christmas Cottage theme this year.


GRACE Christmas Cottage is serving families through December 21. You can help replenish offerings with a new, unwrapped toy or gift.

In the show, frustrated with the commercialism surrounding the holiday season, Charlie Brown asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

Linus steps forward and recites the beautiful and moving account of the Nativity that includes the joyous news: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Christmas Cottage, and the joining of donors and volunteers to make the season merrier for those in need, is the appropriate remedy for an avalanche of advertisements and avarice.

“Nothing feels better this time of year,” said Shannon, “than to fill your cup with holiday cheer by volunteering for an organization that helps local families and children in need.”

Christmas Cottage opened last week and is now serving families through December 21. Toy drives throughout the Christmas season help Christmas Cottage maintain a good selection of gifts, and several local organizations, business groups and others have drives and other events planned for this week.

Still, the supply of toys, games, bicycles and clothing is declining rapidly. Shoppers out this weekend can help with a new, unwrapped toy delivered to Christmas Cottage at 815 South Main Street in Grapevine.

This link goes to more information about GRACE Christmas Cottage. If you or your group would like to conduct a toy drive, contact Chelsea Rose at 817-305-4672, or email

Many thanks to Elena and Shannon for including GRACE Christmas Cottage in the magazine. Go to Society Life, ‘Tis the Giving Season, page 74-75, or pick up a free copy at Central Market in Southlake, or at local Market Street and Tom Thumb stores.