sw3_weblargeOn December 11 and 12, Cornerstone Church will be transformed into what some may describe as a shopping mall. We have partnered with the BigHouse Foundation over the past three years to host their Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop provides a shopping experience for the many children in foster care in Lee County and surrounding counties. It is a great opportunity for families, community groups or individuals to serve our community.

Foster children are given a certain amount of credits to “purchase” Christmas gifts for their siblings, parents and foster families. The gifts are donated by individuals and businesses in the community and there is always an amazing variety of gifts to choose from.

What we need are volunteers from our Cornerstone family to help on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th. Friday is spent setting up the rooms for the kids to shop and gift wrap what they have picked out. Here are the serving opportunities we need help filling:

  • Friday– Event setup from 4 -6 pm.
  • Saturday– Opportunities are available all day in two hour blocks. They include everything from kid shopper escorts to gift wrapping with the kids to greeting people as they come through the door. You can even sign up to bring baked goods. The time blocks begin as early as 7:30 am and end by 5 pm.

If you want to volunteer please go to VolunteerSpot where it is quick and easy to pick out your serving time block.

This year Cornerstone has decided to take a break from gift wrapping at TigerTown which we have done for the past six years. So if you are an experienced gift wrapper or just enjoy serving people and you normally help with TigerTown gift wrapping, Santa’s Workshop is a great fit.

Another option to help with Santa’s Workshop is to provide gifts for the shopping experience. The gifts need to be valued from $1-$5. Think about what your kids might go buy you if they were shopping for a Christmas gift. You can drop off the gifts at Cornerstone Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm this week and next. Or you can bring them with you on Sunday. We have bins just inside the front door ready for you to drop them off.

Santa’s Workshop is always a lot of fun and a great way to serve others in our community. You can also invite a friend or another family to come serve with you. If you have questions feel free to email me at jack@cornerstonebuzz.org or call the church office at 334-887-1152.

Jack Fisher
Director of Operations