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Even in our area, the holidays can be a tough economic time for families. Part of a new Rochester, three-year tradition, The Furnished 4 Life Christmas Store at the Wedge Market has been helping individuals for the past two years with their holiday shopping.
Taken from an idea that was vetted in Atlanta, Georgia, Rochester’s Project Urge brought this Christmas Store idea to our area. The goal of the Christmas Store is to provide for personal selection and gifting pride at lower more affordable prices. The generosity of community members and local businesses this 2017 holiday season helped provide beautiful brand new children’s gifts to families within their budgets!
Local social service agencies participated in the identification of families who could benefit from this community out reach. These families were then scheduled to visit the store. At the store, the shoppers were welcomed by greeters, fed holiday treats, and left with presents wrapped by volunteer wrappers.
Ministry Leader for both Furnished 4 Life and Mothers in Need of Others ministries, Maria Wehrle stated, “There were a lot of grateful parents who left the store with big smiles on their faces, knowing that their children would be thrilled with gifts that they picked out for them! We are so appreciative of the greater Rochester community, taking action to provide the opportunity for many parents to host a positive holiday for their children to remember!”
Local businesses that were involved in the toy collections efforts include:
ESL Victor Credit Union, Northwest Bank (Rochester, Brighton, Greece, Gates/Chili), Williamson High School, Henderson Ford, Rochester Area Music Project (RAMP), Edge Advertising Group, Steinmiller Insurance, Omero’s Custom, Ltd., Webster Chamber Health Insurance, The UPS store at Baytowne in Webster, Meadowbrook Townhome Association, Pat’s Coffee House, Crane Realty Group, Webster Girl Scout Troop 60023, Fairport Central School District High School and Fairport United Methodist Church.
Wehrle added, “One particularly touching story was a mother of four children with a terminal disease whose case manager came into the store asking if she could purchase gifts for her client due to her illness and financial means. The next day, not only did the case manager show up, but her client was by her side, weak and quite ill. She wanted to make sure she came to pick out the gifts for her children herself! With tears in her eyes, she hugged us and thanked us for the opportunity! That hug is shared with all of you!”