On Saturday, December 13, the Cornerstone Church building will be transformed into 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 (sign-up below).
  • Volunteers to set-up at Cornerstone on Friday, December 12.
  • 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, but kids 14 and under will need 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 (sign-up below).

If you would like to help with set-up December 12 or shopping with the foster families and children on December 13, please contact Susannah Steele at susannah@ourbighouse.org. (Please, no one under 14 unless they are with a parent volunteer.) Refreshment and gift donations can be brought to the church office between 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, or on Sunday mornings.

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 Saturday, December 13, to help impact a kid at Christmas.