This week, the GRACE Christmas Cottage was thrilled to receive a generous donation of over 800 books! These wonderful, brand-new books range from picture books to chapter books and literary classics that kids of all ages will enjoy this holiday and for years to come.

In the past, the Christmas Cottage has had limited book availability for families, but because of generous donations this year, each child will have the opportunity to wake up Christmas morning with up to three of their very own books.

In today’s marketplace, the cost of most books is the hourly wage of many jobs. GRACE Christmas Cottage is excited to be able to provide the opportunity for parents to shop in an amazing room full of books without cost to them. GRACE is thrilled to give parents the opportunities to create memories with their children. This could include having new books to read at bedtime or watching their kids read on their own; in turn watching their literary, social, language and communication skills flourish.

The Christmas Cottage is a program that provides families with Christmas gifts for their family at no cost to them. What makes our program unique is that we allow our clients to make their own selections of gifts for their family. Each family is given a budget based on their family size. They “shop” in the cottage among age appropriate items that are given a point value that is representative of a dollar value of the item. This way, they not only get to choose the gifts that they know their children will like, but they are learning to budget and understand the value of what they are receiving. It really helps the parents maintain a sense of dignity since they are able to maintain a level of autonomy in their selections.

For more information on the Christmas Cottage, visit our site here!