The Spirit of Christmas is Alive: The Christmas Shop

by | Dec 24, 2016 | Daughters of Charity, News

Once again the working poor will celebrate this holy season with joy, delight, and dignity. The Christmas Shop, sponsored by the Neighborhood Health Center of Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital opened its doors on December 17, 2016  at 9:30 am  to welcome hard working families in need who come to share in the generosity of parishioners  of local Catholic Churches (St. Mary of the Cataract, Divine Mercy, St. Raphael’s, St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s), Colleges (Niagara University and Buffalo College), students of local schools (Stella Niagara and St. Peter’s), local businesses and private donors. GENEROSITY UNBOUNDED!

Photo and Caption Courtesy of Lian Bunny, Niagara Gazette. Sister Nora Sweeny, DC, stands in “The Christmas Shop,” at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls where 143 pre-registered families will be able to pick out gifts for their children. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Neighborhood Health Center, where Sister Nora is a social worker.

The Christmas Shop, which started four years ago, welcomes families in need with assistance and support in providing a happy Christmas for their children.

As Moms and Dads enter the Store they are welcomed by a Personal Shopper who accompanies them to the various areas where they select items needed for their children.  They choose the design, color, etc. especially the items they think their children will enjoy.  Other practical gifts are offered.  Towels, mittens, gloves, scarfs, personal items, toilet paper and other basic need items are available for each family.  And last but not least, gift wrapping is offered to all shoppers.

Families are asked for a $5 donation if they have it to give, which Sr. Nora  donates to another area nonprofit and shoppers have the satisfaction of knowing their gift will benefit others.

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the Christmas Shoppe is the JOY of the day.  Organizers, Volunteers, Shoppers are seen with beautiful and sincere SMILES as they circulate throughout the Christmas Store.   Friendships are formed and attitudes of kindness and understanding are enhanced as strangers share this enjoyable time together.  We remember the Lord telling us,

“Where two or three are gathered In my name, I am there among them.

Full article in the Niagara Gazette: Unique Falls shop offers holiday help to the needy