From the time my brothers and I were old enough to understand the concept of giving, at a very young age, my parents made sure that we had the opportunity to shop for gifts for each other. At the same time, they kept it simple, usually by having us do all our shopping at the Dollar Store. I still remember how special it felt to pick out gifts for my family.
Crisis Nursery located in Urbana is an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and each December holiday season they run a "Children's Holiday Shop" in Lincoln Square. A volunteer is assigned to help each child select presents in the store for their family and all items are priced between $2 to $8! It's a wonderful opportunity for children in our community to experience the gift of giving.
Then parents are given the chance to swing by, as well, to shop for inexpensive stocking stuffers from the remaining items.
All volunteer spots have been filled right up, but it you're interested in contributing in other ways, you can visit the Crisis Nursery website to learn more and get in touch with the organizers.
The Holiday Shop continues this week during the following times:
Children's Shopping Hours:
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5th and 6th: 5-8pm
Parents' Shopping Hours:
Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 7-9: 5-8pm; and Saturday Dec. 10th: 10am-6pm