Children’s Holiday Store opens Sunday
By Steven Spearie
The State Journal-Register
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at 6:51 PM
Updated Nov 28, 2019 at 6:51 PM
The annual Children’s Holiday Store, the biggest fundraiser for the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, opens Sunday.
This marks the 30th year for the store, which allows children to purchase, wrap and tag gifts from $1 to $15 with the assistance of a volunteer while grown-ups sit in a waiting area.
The store is expected to attract around 2,500 shoppers through Dec. 21.
The store is back at Fairhills Mall, 1919 W. Monroe St., one of its locations from past years.
On opening day, the Heartland Mini Hoofs, miniature therapy horses from Taylorville, will be available for holiday shoppers from noon to 2 p.m. Santa will also be visiting the store from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The crisis nursery’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing emergency care for children who may be at risk or whose parents are experiencing some type of crisis. It is open year-round and is located at 1011 N. Seventh St.
Several hundred volunteers are needed to staff the Holiday Store. Volunteers 14 years or older can serve as greeters, wrappers and “elf” assistants to help shoppers. High school students can receive community service credit for volunteering.
Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up by visiting www.miniobeirne.org.
The store is open daily through Dec. 21. Store hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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