On Friday, December 20, we will be transforming the Cornerstone Church building in to a shopping mall – well, maybe not a mall, but definitely a shopping experience called “Santa’s Workshop.”

Cornerstone is partnering with the BigHouse Foundation to provide a shopping opportunity for the many children in foster care in Lee County and surrounding counties. For several years the BigHouse has set up for the foster children to “shop” for their families. The goal is to help the kids discover the joy of giving and allow them the autonomy to choose gifts for those in their family at no cost to them.

Here is what we need from you to help make this happen:

  • Christmas themed refreshments for the children and their families to enjoy while they are shopping. We welcome things like Christmas cookies, homemade candies, cake or snack mixes.
  • Volunteers to help children pick out and wrap their gifts for their family members. The gifts will of course be a surprise to their families, so these volunteers are very important. We welcome all volunteers and encourage kids under 12 to bring their parents with them.
  • Donations of gifts valued from $1-$5. Think about what your kids might go buy you if they were shopping for a Christmas gift. Some examples are picture frames, ornaments, hand tools, etc. Use your imagination and think like a kid again.

Just bring your donations to the church office between 8:30 am-4:30 pm this week Monday through Thursday. If you would like to be a part of impacting the life of a foster child, you can sign up here.

A little about The BigHouse from their website…

The BigHouse began as the dream of two college students to impact the world of foster care in a positive way. After being personally exposed to the needs these children and families have, they knew they could no longer sit back and do nothing. Now, BigHouse is engaging families, volunteers and community members across the state of Alabama to impact their local foster care community. Not everyone is called to be a foster parent, but everyone CAN do SOMETHING. Through the resources of the local community and the time and effort of volunteers, we aim to provide experiences and opportunities of a “typical” childhood to children who so desperately need to be kids.

Volunteering to help with Santa’s Workshop is the kind of involvement in our community that can make your Christmas truly Christ-like. Sign up and then show up this coming Friday, December 20, to help impact a kid at Christmas.

Jack Fisher
Director of Operations

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