OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The hectic Christmas shopping season is in full swing.
A church in Owensboro is doing what they can to help families struggling to buy presents for their kids.
Owensboro Christian Church is in it’s fifth year of hosting the Christmas Shoppe, with today being the first day of this season.
Church employees and volunteers collect donations and buy hundreds of toys. They then re-sell the toys at a reduced price for parents and grandparents.
All of the toys are new and there are even reduced priced gift cards available. Employees say people were lined up this morning to get the first pick of toys.
“Through all of the outreach we’ve done, a lot of parents really would rather provide Christmas for themselves and not really have to rely on other people doing it for them," Cheri Searcy the Owensboro Christian Church Local Outreach Coordinator said. “So that’s the main idea.”
Anyone that is still struggling to buy toys can also build up to $60 in credit at the Christmas Shoppe by volunteering there.
The Christmas Shoppe will be open this week and next on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 9-11 a.m. and Wednesday nights from 5-7 p.m.