‘The Christmas Store’, to be held Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. is an annual effort of Scioto County Church Women United (SCCWU) which ensures that clients of Shawnee Family Health Center (SFHC) are remembered at Christmas time.
Each year, members of SCCWU assemble on the second floor of SFHC in Portsmouth to collect a wide variety of donated items consisting of clothing, coats, furniture, and so forth that are given as gifts to the clients of SFHC. The Christmas Store is an ecumenical effort of local churches working together, to organize what always ends up as a room filled with donations.
Shelby Powell, president of SCCWU, and member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, said The Christmas Store is a highly anticipated event.
“This is certainly something that we look forward to doing each year for the clients of Shawnee Family Health Center,” Powell said. “We will be there at 9 o’clock in the morning if anyone wants to drop off anything. We are looking for new, or gently used items, no rummage things, and no candles or candle holders. We will set up at 9 o’clock, and then have lunch at 11 a.m. I believe Santa Claus will be there at around 1:30 or 2 o’clock.”
Patricia Parker, a member of SCCWU, and member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church said all participants benefit from The Christmas Store.
“The clients really enjoy it, from the time that the doors were opened last year, there was a constant flow of clients coming in and out,” Parker said. “It is a really nice opportunity to meet with women from other churches in the community. People donate a lot of nice items, and usually we always have an overflow, and the items that are not taken are then donated to the Salvation Army. The lunch that is served at this event is also very delicious.”
All donations may be dropped off at SFHC, located at 901 Washington Street in Portsmouth on Dec. 13, at 9 a.m.
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