The toy shop opened on Dec. 8 and is open through today, MUST Ministries’ Holiday Coordinator Jenny Homan said.
Parents registered in advance to use the toy shop and are free to select gifts for their children from a selection of donated new toys and other items.
“They actually shop for their children. We don’t just hand them a bag of toys. They can choose from the gifts we have,” Homan said.
Parents are able to get free gifts for children from birth through 18 years old. No children are allowed to accompany their parents while they pick out the perfect presents in the toy shop.
“We’ve had little girls who the mom says are tomboys and want a truck or a car. So I think it’s special that the parents can choose the gifts,” Homan said.
Finding gifts for older children and teenagers has been tough this year.
“That’s such a hard age,” Homan said.
Transformers gifts and Nerf equipment have been popular with older boys, while parents of teenagers have sought out cologne and perfume sets.
Donations of new toys are still being accepted at MUST Ministries; any leftover items will be used for next year’s toy shop.