Children in kindergarten through 6th grade shop and have their gifts wrapped Dec. 3 at TOTH. Photo by TK Thompson
Children select gifts and have them wrapped Dec. 3 at TOTH. Photo by TK Thompson
Want to encourage children to be involved in selecting and giving their own gifts this Christmas? The Children’s Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is a child friendly community event, for students in kindergarten through 6th grade, where children shop and have their gifts wrapped.
Help is available for children who need a little assistance. And Elves wrap the gifts after they are selected. The event is about giving and empowerment for children, parents are not allowed in the shopping area. Empowered children learn the process of informed decision-making and problem solving.
Children start in Sherrill Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr., where they prepare their list of people to shop for, complete their gift tags and get a shopping bag. Parents and younger children hang out in the old parish hall where they enjoy coffee, treats and coloring. And in Kelly Hall children shop and pay for their gifts and elves wrap them!
Adults are reminded that it may take children time to choose those special gifts and have their purchases wrapped. Parents often ask “How much money should I give my child?” Gifts are reasonably priced from 50 cents to $7. Depending on your child’s taste and number of gifts they need to purchase $20 is usually plenty of money. Proceeds from the bazaar go to charity.
Items sold at the bazaar are all donated and donations are being collected until Wednesday, Dec. 1. Donations may be dropped in the collection box outside the office door, use the upper parking lot off of 39th Street. Suggested items are gently used or like new stuffed animals, gifts for dads, Christmas ornaments, toys, etc.
This event requires about 65 volunteers to set up, help shoppers and clean up. Can you imagine 22 wrappers wrapping gifts? There are usually several clubs from Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School helping with the event. Want to help with the event on Friday setting up or Saturday as an elf or cleaning up? Contact the church office at 505.662.5107.