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Sharing House Shares Blessings – Brevard NC


Sharing House volunteer Pat Castaldo helps stock the Santa Shop, where parents will choose gifts for about 900 area children in this year's Christmas Blessings program. Gifts, to be donated by the community, should be for children up to 18 years and valued under $50. Bring them to the lower level door facing Oakdale Street at Sharing House. (Sharing House photo by Bill Harrah)

Dozens of local families this year are doing something most of them have only wished for: Christmas shopping for their children.

These are families who live on razor-thin budgets that barely cover rent, heat and groceries.

When you live in poverty, there is no room for unexpected expenses like car repairs, and certainly not for anything more than a token gift – if that – for Christmas morning.

That's where Sharing House's Christmas Blessings program continues the 34-year tradition of Adopt A Family.

Its new face is the Santa Shop, which is filled with gifts donated by this community for children up to 18 years old.

That's a huge range of gifts, from infants' onesies to cool stuff for teens (one popular fall-back is gift certificates to local stores and shops). Gift values can range anywhere up to $50.

As people shop, they should keep in mind that several less costly gifts are usually more fun to open than one big one.

Also, shop now and deliver the gifts to the Santa Shop as soon as possible because the shop is open now.

Parents must call Sharing House by Nov. 30 to make an appointment to shop in the Santa Shop.

Santa Shoppers may "spend" up to $50 per qualifying child. In addition, each child will get a book donated by Highland Books and its customers while supplies last, a stocking full of goodies selected by their parents, and a stuffed animal from Sharing House.

Parents also may choose either a Christmas ham or turkey in addition to their normal Sharing House food allowance.


Watch local businesses for special deals related to the Santa Shop. Highland Books, for example, gives customers 10 percent off books purchased for its Angel Tree, which go right to the Santa Shop.

Other area businesses are lining up to provide advertising support to remind residents that it's time to stock the Santa Shop.

"It all begins, of course, with us," said Megan Kimsey, coordinator for the program. "If we don't shop, there will be nothing to put under the tree on Christmas morning. So get out there and shop til you drop!"

Contact Kimsey at Sharing House, 884-2866, ext. 104 for shopping ideas.


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