History behind the Summerfield Christmas Store…

The model for the Summerfield Christmas Store was adopted from The Triad Christmas Store which was started in 2005. It was the brain child of Elizabeth Montgomery in an attempt to help needy families at Christmas while allowing them some dignity in shopping for their children’s gifts. Although the store was hosted by West Market Street United Methodist Church,  many churches  partnered together to make the store a success. The Triad Christmas Store ran from 2005 to 2012 but was unable to open in 2013 due to a combination of factors. I had been a part of the Triad Christmas Store on various levels over the years and felt strongly about the program. I wanted the mission to continue, so with some discussion and a strong leadership team, we brought the idea (on a smaller scale) to Summerfield United Methodist Church.

This December, the Summerfield Christmas Store will open for the 5th consecutive year. In 2013, 9 churches,  2 Girl Scout Troops and 3 businesses partnered together to serve 23 families (68 children).  In 2014, we grew to include 12 churches, 2 Girl Scout Troops and 9+ businesses, helping us serve 56 families (156 children). In 2015, we grew again to serve 63 families (188 children). In 2016, 54 families (140 children) received a bountiful Christmas…including shoes for the first time! We are hopeful for even more partners in 2017 that will allow us to continue to grow and serve more families in our community.
 

Noelle Redmon

Summerfield Christmas Store Coordinator

 
 
 
 
 
Bulletin Board & Redmon
 
2014 Christmas Store Setup 5
 
 
 
 
2014 Christmas Store Setup 6