November 6, 2012

Christmas Store needing donations

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Christmas can be a difficult time for families who have few resources available to them. That’s why Souls’ Harbor Church is teaming up with Laurel County School’s family resource centers to provide new or gently used toys, clothing, shoes and coats to local children.

“Low income parents and others who are less fortunate, due to unforeseen circumstances or hardships, want the opportunity to provide special gifts to their children at Christmas.  Sometimes, however, it may be a decision of providing necessities, such as food and shelter over providing gifts,” said Craig Tincher, one of the organizers of the Free Christmas Store at Souls’ Harbor.

The Free Christmas Store began in 2010.  In its first year, the Free Christmas Store served more than 800 families in two days. However, the large turnout quickly emptied the tables and shelves of the donated items and church members utilized monetary donations to purchase more toys.

“In the past two years, we have been able to provide toys and clothes to more than 1,300 children in Laurel County and surrounding areas,” Tincher said.

  This year, the church has teamed up with each local school’s family resource center, in order to serve those who are most in need. They estimate they will serve 700 children this year.

 “Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help put a smile on a child’s face this year at Christmas,” Tincher continued.

New or gently used toys, clothing, shoes and coats can be dropped off at the following locations:

 • Le Chic Design, 304 Madison Square, London    

• Daddy Yo’s, 144 London Shopping Center, London

• Pittsburg Marine, 1835 North Laurel Road, London

• Ron’s Auto Service Center, 373 Barbourville Road, London

• Action Sign, 373 Barbourville Road, London

• Everyone Rides Auto Sales, 9085 S U.S. Hwy 25, Lily

• The Party Palace, 319 West Ky. 192, London

All items will be distributed at the Free Christmas Store which will be located at Souls’ Harbor Church. Monetary donations will also be accepted and those wishing to donate to that fund can make checks payable to Souls’ Harbor Church.

They will be accepting donations now through December 4.