Celebrate 2gether is our multi-faceted Christmas event where we have the opportunity to bless others who are in need right here in our own community during the holiday season. Christmas trees will be up in the lobby with ornaments to take that will have specifics on the age/gender of the child as well as ornaments suggesting gifts for single moms.
Part of the celebration at this special time of year involves giving gifts, and while we all love to receive gifts at Christmas, the One we are really celebrating is Jesus! It’s His birthday, and He is our greatest gift! So here at Chase Oaks, we want to celebrate Christmas in a way that honors Him. To do that well, we want to care for those that Jesus always showed special concern for—those around Him who were struggling in some way. That’s why this Christmas, each Chase Oaks campus has different community partners and projects to engage in to come around kids, families, or single moms who could use some encouragement this time of year.
Check out the various opportunities available this year as we Celebrate 2gether!
TOYZONE STORE AT THE FAMILY CENTER
This year we are expanding our ToyZone store at our Chase Oaks Family Center to include partners from multiple campuses. In addition to helping children in need from Mendenhall Elementary in East Plano, we have also invited children from our partners at Agape Resource Center, Family Promise and City House. All of these new organizations help homeless families and children. Three of our campuses (Legacy, Sloan Creek and En Español) will be collecting donations for the ToyZone store hosted at our Family Center.
We typically serve around 300 kids at ToyZone where every family who is invited is given a specific appointment time to shop the store. Parents pay pennies on the dollar for the items, so if a toy costs $30 at the store, it costs only $3 at ToyZone. Maximum amount to spend per child is $10, which is equivalent to $100 retail! In addition, every child receives a free coat. Chase Oaks also provides free gift wrapping as the families relax and enjoy some warm coffee or hot chocolate, snacks and conversation with our volunteers. This is a great opportunity for us to love on these families and also invite them to check out Chase Oaks.
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
We need Chase Oakers to continue to help make ToyZone a success by donating toys and coats again this year. The ToyZone Trees will be up in the lobbies on November at all of our campuses, and all gift donations are for our ToyZone at the Family Center.
GIFTS FOR MOMS
In addition, we will have a tree set up at our Legacy campus benefiting Single Moms in our area. Chase Oaks partners with Gifts for Moms to collect gifts and gift cards for single moms who often get overlooked at this time of year. We also host a special evening event to pamper and celebrate these single moms in December.
TOYZONE STORE AT 544
Our 544 campus is excited to be hosting a ToyZone store at their new permanent building location (2709 3rd St., Sachse, TX 75048) that will benefit Hartman Elementary children in need.
SLOAN CREEK PARTNERS WITH ROUNTREE ELEMENTARY
In addition to helping at our Family Center ToyZone, our Sloan Creek campus will be partnering with Rountree Elementary in Allen for their school’s Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe. This gives children the opportunity to purchase gifts for their parents and other family members.
HOW YOUR GENEROSITY IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The impact of ToyZone and the generosity of those who’ve donated toward it over the years has truly had lasting effects! Please pray that this year will be another impactful year where many new connections will be made with people and that invitations to our church will be accepted and embraced.
Finally, if you have friends, co-workers, or neighbors who would like to make a difference in people’s lives this Christmas season, regardless of whether they are a part of Chase Oaks or not, please invite them to join with us as we Celebrate 2gether and bless others in Jesus’ name!