Mathews Christmas Store returns Dec. 13-14

- Posted on Nov 26, 2019 - 02:42 PM

The annual Mathews County Christmas Store, sponsored by the Mathews County Department of Social Services and community volunteers, will be held all day Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at Kingston Parish House on Main Street in Mathews.

Working together for the past 30 years, the agency and volunteers have made the holidays a little brighter and more joyful for those in need, said coordinator Bernadette La Casse in a press release.

As the holidays approach, some families must choose between paying bills and buying presents for the family, said La Casse. The Christmas Store fills that gap—providing an opportunity to keep the holiday giving spirit alive and well.

Last year, the event served 530 members of the community, allowing them to bring joy to their families at the holidays, said La Casse.

“Recipients are truly grateful for this holiday program,” she said. “Giving is truly better than receiving.”

Items needed this year are:

Monetary contributions. State and local funding for programs like these continues to decline, said La Casse, “and we rely on the strength of our community’s heart. Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated.” Checks should be made payable to Mathews Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 925, Mathews, Va. 23109. Please note Christmas Store in the memo section.

New toys, clothing, household items, jewelry, cosmetics. Used items cannot be accepted, said La Casse. Donations may be taken to the Social Services office at 536 Church Street, Mathews, during normal business hours. They should be delivered by Dec. 2.

Volunteers. People are always needed to help out with the setup, running and cleanup of this event, said La Casse. Anyone with time and talents to share is asked to call or email.

“A heartfelt thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause,” said La Casse. For more information, email bclacasse@gmail.com or call 804-384-7740.