One of the most joyful Christmas traditions in the Chelan Valley is coming up on December 14 th at North Shore Bible Church in Manson. Manger Mall is celebrating its 11 th year making Christmas feel a lot more like Christmas. Many families in our area find money tight at the holidays and we don’t want children to be without a gift.
Any family with a financial need living in Chelan, Manson or close by is welcome to participate. Registration forms were handed out to all Chelan and Manson schools and are also available at Chelan Valley Hope and the Food Bank.
Parents complete the simple form and mail it back to the Manger Mall. Volunteers enter the information into a database. Next a postcard is mailed back with information on what time mom and dad are scheduled to shop.
This year parents check in on Saturday December 14 th . The church is festive with hundreds of gifts arranged by age groups. Parents select one gift for each child on their list. They may also choose one comfort item per registered child such as a hat, blanket or pillow with handmade holiday pillowcase. Additionally they may choose one item for the family to enjoy together, such as a game. Then off to the checkout line where they pay $1.00 per gift. This way the families are invested in the gifts they select for their loved ones. The final step is the wrapping stations where Christmas paper, ribbon, tape and tags are provided as well as volunteers to help with the wrapping!
Christmas music is playing in the background and coffee, punch and cookies are there to round out the experience. Volunteers adorned with antlers or haloes run around doing their best to be of service.
So how can you help? Purchase a gift or two in the $25.00 range for children infants to 18. Drop off your unwrapped gifts in the decorated boxes at the Chelan Chamber of Commerce or the North Shore Bible Church by December 9 th . Or write a check made out to Manger Mall and mail it to Manger Mall, P.O. Box 477, Chelan WA 98816.
Would you like to volunteer and be part of the BIG day on December 14 th ? Send Manger Mall an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May all of your holidays be MERRY and BRIGHT!
By Shannon Leahy and Candace Farnsworth