Making the Holidays Bright
A COMMUNITY TRADITION OF GIVING
When Neighbors are going through a rough patch financially, Christmastime can be an especially difficult time of year. With the help of community volunteers, Cornerstone is hosting 225 local children and their 90 families at Cornerstone Christmas. At this festive holiday event, parents secretly shop for their children’s gifts while volunteers keep their children involved in fun activities — turning the burden of Christmas into a celebration with their family. For the 500+ volunteers, the spirit of giving is a cherished tradition that everyone can share.
In the weeks leading up to Cornerstone Christmas, Cornerstone partners with the community, businesses, and schools to hold drives for new coats, toys, socks, underwear, décor, food, and stocking stuffers. These drives collect a wide range of holiday cheer to share with Neighbors.
Some participating Neighbors are those who Cornerstone has worked with over the past year; others opt in through a partnership with Prosper ISD. The event starts with a Gospel presentation, followed by activities for the kids and conversations with the host family for the parents as they navigate the Christmas shopping options and wrap up their selections. Each family is free to choose the brand-new gifts their children will love most, whether they’re shopping for their infant, toddler, elementary-age child, middle-schooler, or teenager.
When the festivities are done, every parent leaves with the key ingredients for a Merry Christmas:
Six gifts per child
Stockings full of treats and trinkets
New socks and underwear for their children
A Christmas tree and holiday décor if desired
New coats for their children
Gently used coats for themselves
Enough food for Christmas dinner and to help out during the two-week school break
Cornerstone is still in need of the following items:
New Toys/Gifts for Children ages 8-18
New Coats (Size Youth Small to 2XL)
Gently Used Coats (Size Adult Small to Adult 3XL)
New or Very Gently Used Christmas Trees (all lights must work if prelit)
Please drop these items off at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Monday – Friday from 8-5.