St. Matthews Maryland Low-Cost Christmas Gift Store

By 1JustCity Member
November 27, 2016

From Josh at St Matthews!

The annual Low-Cost Christmas Gift Store at St. Matthews Maryland is a chance for caregivers to get great gifts for their children in a dignified way. Caregivers are given the opportunity to choose gifts for their children and to have them wrapped by our team of volunteer gift wrappers. Likewise, children get the chance to pick out a gift for their caregiver.


Caregivers pay a low-cost of only $2 per child to access the store and kids shop free. The small cost is a means of fostering dignity and justice; giving caregivers a chance to feel pride about paying for their children’s gifts, rather than feeling like they are just receiving a hand-out. Our experience has been that our guests really do appreciate this model.


Last year we provided gifts for 70 families with a total of 200 children in the West End.


We are looking for donations of new or gently used gifts for children and adults. Consider toys, books and games for children; and things like fancy soaps and lotions, travel mugs, decorations, and candy for adults. We are also happy to accept warm clothes and knitted goods. Finally, we will also need donations of gift wrapping supplies.


If you are interested in getting personally involved, then we’d love for you to come join in the fun for one of the following volunteer shifts. Volunteers working in the store will help out as personal shoppers and as gift wrappers.



This is a fun way to give back at Christmastime! We hope you can be a part of it!


Please note that we can not accept any donations before December 13, as we do not have a place to store them before that.


Contact if you would like to donate or volunteer, or if you have any questions.

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