The Christmas Store is aiming to bring smiles to about 600 area children on Christmas morning with the community’s help.
“The Christmas Store is an organization that provides Christmas toys and clothing for less fortunate children at Christmas time,” said organizer Louvenia Mathews.
A volunteer committee uses South Carolina’s poverty guidelines as criteria to certify applications. This year, they accepted 250 applications, which should result in serving about 600 children, she said.
There are about 150 children still in need of a sponsor.
“When you agree to sponsor, you agree to purchase a minimum of one outfit for the child and an item from their gift list,” she said
Each application has the child’s clothing size and a wish list of gift items the child would like to have, she said, adding that sponsors receive only a number so the recipient remains anonymous.
“The sponsor looks at the gift choices and decide what they would like to give the child, remembering that is what (the child) is going to have when they get up on Christmas morning,” said Mathews.
Sponsors may also indicate an age or gender preference of a child they would like to sponsor and may select to sponsor more than one child.
Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Mathews at (803) 474-3544 or Lori Mathews at (803) 270-8960.
Sponsors must turn in the gifts by Dec. 13.
The Christmas Store also hopes to provide each family they are serving with a turkey. Monetary donations to be used to buy turkeys are also being accepted.