Due to COVID-19, we are unable to find a way to provide the annual Christmas Store in a way that ensures the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and clients; therefore, we will not be hosting the Christmas Store this year.
We know that the Christmas Store has been a meaningful tradition not only for the families that shop each year, but for the churches and volunteers that have been a part of this Christmas tradition since its inception.
If you have helped with the Christmas Store in the past, we invite you to consider giving back in a different way this holiday season. Cross-Lines is serving more than twice as many clients as last year and the need for housing and food assistance only continues to grow. If you’d like to help struggling families remain in their homes to celebrate this Christmas season and put food on their table, consider donating to Cross-Lines online or by mail. If you would like to give of your time, you can sign up to help pack boxes for low-income seniors or to serve breakfast or lunch in our Community Kitchen. For more information about how to contribute at this time, call our main office.
For a list of other agencies that are providing Christmas-specific services this year, please contact United Way (211).
What is the Christmas Store?
The Cross-Lines Christmas Store provides about 500 Wyandotte County families with the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their family. Each family receives new clothes, toys, household items, and groceries. Our hope is to provide families with joy, as well as the dignity and respect of choosing and gifting brand new presents to their families. Although changing in format through the years, the Cross-Lines Christmas Store has existed since 1970.
How does it work?
Throughout the year, our Christmas Store volunteers are busy assembling items for the Christmas Store. Each major department is assigned to a church or volunteer(s) and they are responsible for providing the food, toys, coats, clothing, household items, and more for the Christmas Store each year. Most departments are also responsible for providing their own volunteers.
Registration: In October, Cross-Lines brings together a team of volunteers for Christmas Store Registration, a four-day endeavor in which approximately 500 families visit our campus to register for the Christmas Store. A small dignity fee is collected at that time, although no family is turned away due to inability to pay the fee. Registration takes place upstairs, in the sanctuary of the Cross-Lines church building. See corresponding page for this year's dates and times.
For six full days in December, the Christmas Store is open to those who have pre-registered in October. Registrants are given a specific time to visit the Christmas Store and local volunteers guide each family through the Store. Quantities are based on household size.