At Christmas time, we remember the reason for the season! And Christ said that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. Since 2015, Sunrise has partnered with New Horizons Fellowship Church in Apex in this outreach opportunity to provide new toys to children in need. Parents/guardians are referred by groups (like the Holly Springs Food Cupboard) to come to this 2-day event in early December, and are given the opportunity to shop for 2-3 gifts for each child at no cost to them. Area churches and other organizations pick up gift tags, which categorize gifts by boy/girl and by age group. Sunrise UMC has typically accepted about 50 Christmas tree gift tags each year, but I’m happy to say our donations regularly exceed the number requested! You can look to pick up your gift tag in the Sunrise lobby in November!
Want to do more? New Horizons also needs volunteers to actually work in the store on shopping days in 2-3 hour shifts, doing such tasks as assisting shoppers in finding the right toy for their child or gift wrapping. New Horizons is extremely organized with this outreach effort…They even provide a brief orientation and training before your shift. Thank you to everyone who has previously supported this effort, and please know that it has been a great success!!
The New Horizons Fellowship website (http://www.nhf.cc/christmas-store/) also has a lot of information about the Christmas Store, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions!