The Christmas Store preserves the dignity of parents and caregivers while providing a fun, festive, affordable Christmas shopping opportunity to provide gifts of new toys, books, and more to the children in their care. Items are priced from $1-$10 and gift-wrapping services are included. Our vision is to bring hope and dignity to parents and caregivers as we share the true joy of Christmas!
Drop off locations for toy donations:
Keller Williams Realty Central Delaware – 1671 S. State St in Dover
Grace Church – 350 McKee Rd in Dover
- 3 Stones Church – 1506 E. Lebanon Road in Dover Please call 302.538.6031 to arrange drop off.
Interested in Volunteering? Just click here.
Why do you sell the toys instead of giving them away?
We believe in maintaining a person’s dignity regardless of their income. By providing caregivers the ability to purchase new toys at an affordable price, we maintain their dignity and support the joy of giving to the children in their care.
What do you do with the money you earn?
The money we raise at the store goes right back into the store for the next year! The majority of it is used to buy gifts to fill in any gaps from toy donations. We also buy wrapping paper, supplies and materials to make the store a fun, festive event. If any excess funds are raised beyond what the store needs, we will put them right back into the programs at Arise DE.
What do you need?
New unwrapped toys, games, books, craft supplies and sports equipment (no weapons or video games, please!) for children age infant to adolescent. We also accept monetary donations so our volunteer shoppers can purchase toys to fill in gaps in donations.
When do you need it?
Donations are due by November 26th, 2018 so we have time to sort and price
them. Please check the website for drop off locations or call (302) 319-4433 or email Paige@AriseDE.org to make arrangements for pick up of larger quantities.
When and where is the Christmas Store?
The shopping day is Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9am until all the toys are sold
at Calvary Community Center 1532 E. Lebanon Rd in Dover. It is open to all who have need and no income verification is required.
Who can volunteer?
We need a variety of volunteers from cashiers, to gift wrappers, shopping assistants, doormen, and more. Adults and teens, men and women of all abilities are welcome to volunteer.
Where can I get more information or find out about volunteering?
Follow us at Arise Delaware on Facebook and Instagram for ongoing updates about volunteer meetings and needs or contact us at 302.222.4643 or Paige@AriseDE.org.