The model for the Summerfield Christmas Store was adopted from The Triad Christmas Store which was started in 2005. It was the brain child of Elizabeth Montgomery in an attempt to help needy families at Christmas while allowing them some dignity in shopping for their children’s gifts. Although the store was hosted by West Market Street United Methodist Church, many churches partnered together to make the store a success. The Triad Christmas Store ran from 2005 to 2012 but was unable to open in 2013 due to a combination of factors. I had been a part of the Triad Christmas Store on various levels over the years and felt strongly about the program. I wanted the mission to continue, so with some discussion and a strong leadership team, we brought the idea (on a smaller scale) to Summerfield Peace United Methodist Church.
This December, the Summerfield Christmas Store will open for the 9th consecutive year.
- In 2013, 9 churches, 2 Girl Scout Troops and 3 businesses partnered together to serve 23 families (68 children)
- In 2014, we grew to include 12 churches, 2 Girl Scout Troops and 9+ businesses, helping us serve 56 families (156 children)
- We continued to grow in 2015 and served 63 families (188 children)
- In 2016, 54 families (140 children) received a bountiful Christmas…including shoes for the first time!
- In 2017, we served 54 families, including 147 children.
- In 2018, we welcomed 50 families that included 135 children.
- In 2019, we grew by leaps and bounds and served 82 families, which included 213 children!
- In 2020, we served 217 children via drive thru due to the covid-19 pandemic.
We are hopeful for even more partners in 2021 because we are growing to serve more families in our community.
Summerfield Christmas Store Coordinator