Pflugerville volunteers set adult ‘Christmas Mall’ for families – Austin American

December 20, 2015 - bbq set

Volunteers for a Storehouse Food Pantry came together on Dec. 17 to emanate a “Christmas mall” for families in need this holiday season.

The internal nonprofit and volunteers partnered with a Pflugerville propagandize district’s Project Hope to set adult a a giveaway mall for a district’s subordinate families. As a grant-funded initiative, Project Hope supports students and families but a stream permanent residence.

“Mothers, grandmothers (or) good grandmothers who would not be means to yield for their children have an event to select a toys for a children,” pronounced Gail Wilhelm, a longtime Storehouse proffer and mall organizer. “They select a shoes, or blankets and pillows.”

Pflugerville volunteers set adult ‘Christmas Mall’ for families photo

Christine Bolanos

Other equipment during a mall were socks, clothing, stockings, books, toiletry and personal hygiene products.

Wilhelm started a bid after assembly with propagandize district amicable workers Vicky Esparza-Gregory and Kristen Felter. She pronounced she satisfied there was a race within district bounds that did not validate for programs like Blue Santa or Brown Santa since they could not uncover explanation of a permanent residence.

Project Hope identified 296 students in 2014 who competent as replaced and were vital with family or friends, in hotels, shelters or were homeless. That series decreased to 219 replaced students this year.

Pflugerville volunteers set adult ‘Christmas Mall’ for families photo

Christine Bolanos

“The Storehouse Christmas Mall has supposing an event for relatives who have singular resources to perform a Christmas wish for their families,” Esparza-Gregory said. “Our amicable worker, Kristen Felter, has reached out to Project Hope families who are vehement about going selling during The Storehouse Mall and to be means to select equipment for their children.”

A accumulation of individuals, churches, businesses and organizations present time, resources or equipment to make a mall possible. They embody Pflugerville Community Church, a preschool, Austin Baptist, Bible Baptist, St. Paul Episcopal and Our Savior Lutheran churches; MamA Pita Memorial Fund, Bookspring, Elgin Wellness Shoppe, Texas Family Chiropractic, Dr. Carla Emery, Central Texas Animal Hospital, Johnny T’s BBQ, State Farm Insurance, Farmers Insurance, WMware, People’s Pharmacy, Agriculture Extension Program and more.

After about 20 volunteers sorted and displayed a equipment on tables Dec. 17, a Chrismas Mall was prepared for visits from families a following day.

Storehouse Food Pantry 'Christmas Mall' gallery

Storehouse Food Pantry ‘Christmas Mall’

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