[GIVE A HAND] Christmas Toy Store

SONY DSCThe Los Angeles Christian School (LACS) toy store will open its doors for one day only Saturday, December 5th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The LACS toy store is a place where struggling parents from the community can purchase Christmas gifts for their children at a reduced cost. All toys are new and priced at 75% below retail value.

The store is run by World Impact LA, a Christian organization dedicated to empowering lower income members of the community. According to their website, by selling toys at a discount rather than giving them away for free, they are able to give families the dignity of selecting and purchasing their own toys with their own money.

The volunteer-staffed toy store will feature Christmas music, hot chocolate and cookies for families to enjoy while they shop, as well as complimentary childcare—in a separate room, so parents can keep their kids’ gifts a surprise—and giftwrapping.

World Impact is seeking volunteer greeters, servers, gift wrappers, childcare workers and setup and cleanup crews. For those short on time, the organization is also seeking donations of new toys between $5 and $25 in price, giftwrapping supplies, hot chocolate and cookies. Toy donations are needed by December 1st.

Contact Julie Deas at jdeas@worldimpact.org to volunteer or donate.

World Impact LA is located at 2001 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007. (323) 735-3400 or find them on the web at worldimpactla.org.

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