Christmas shopping at N2N Centre

News Dec 13, 2018 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Once the doors opened at the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre Christmas store, it wasn’t long before the hall was humming with people.

“It’s a very busy place,” said Laura Ryan, manager of family services at the Athens Street centre, which runs a free Christmas store at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church next door each December where pre-registered clients can pick up toys for their children.

Ryan said about 150 people came through on Dec. 12, the store’s first day, and some 600 were expected to pick up toys for 1,200 children under age 10 by the time the shopping wraps up on Dec. 15.

The church hall features a dozen or two tables with toys sorted by age and type.

Ryan said store users are given a date and time to pick up their toys and each shopper is assisted by a centre volunteer.

“Each child gets one major toy,” said Ryan who noted they also provide stocking stuffers and books for each child.

Ryan said donors have been extra generous this year, noting they received a lot of toys worth $50, compared with a $40 average last year.

The store is part of the centre’s annual Christmas program that provides an assortment of fare, including fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, bread and other baked goods, a turkey plus grocery-store gift cards worth $15 and up, depending on the size of the family, for households that registered with the program.

This year, Ryan said, they expect to serve 1,500 families, noting the demand always jumps at Christmas time.

The food bank normally provides food for about 1,200 households each month.

Christmas shopping at N2N Centre

Toy store sees brisk turnout on first day

News Dec 13, 2018 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Once the doors opened at the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre Christmas store, it wasn’t long before the hall was humming with people.

“It’s a very busy place,” said Laura Ryan, manager of family services at the Athens Street centre, which runs a free Christmas store at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church next door each December where pre-registered clients can pick up toys for their children.

Ryan said about 150 people came through on Dec. 12, the store’s first day, and some 600 were expected to pick up toys for 1,200 children under age 10 by the time the shopping wraps up on Dec. 15.

The church hall features a dozen or two tables with toys sorted by age and type.

Ryan said store users are given a date and time to pick up their toys and each shopper is assisted by a centre volunteer.

“Each child gets one major toy,” said Ryan who noted they also provide stocking stuffers and books for each child.

Ryan said donors have been extra generous this year, noting they received a lot of toys worth $50, compared with a $40 average last year.

The store is part of the centre’s annual Christmas program that provides an assortment of fare, including fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, bread and other baked goods, a turkey plus grocery-store gift cards worth $15 and up, depending on the size of the family, for households that registered with the program.

This year, Ryan said, they expect to serve 1,500 families, noting the demand always jumps at Christmas time.

The food bank normally provides food for about 1,200 households each month.

Christmas shopping at N2N Centre

Toy store sees brisk turnout on first day

News Dec 13, 2018 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Once the doors opened at the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre Christmas store, it wasn’t long before the hall was humming with people.

“It’s a very busy place,” said Laura Ryan, manager of family services at the Athens Street centre, which runs a free Christmas store at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church next door each December where pre-registered clients can pick up toys for their children.

Ryan said about 150 people came through on Dec. 12, the store’s first day, and some 600 were expected to pick up toys for 1,200 children under age 10 by the time the shopping wraps up on Dec. 15.

The church hall features a dozen or two tables with toys sorted by age and type.

Ryan said store users are given a date and time to pick up their toys and each shopper is assisted by a centre volunteer.

“Each child gets one major toy,” said Ryan who noted they also provide stocking stuffers and books for each child.

Ryan said donors have been extra generous this year, noting they received a lot of toys worth $50, compared with a $40 average last year.

The store is part of the centre’s annual Christmas program that provides an assortment of fare, including fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, bread and other baked goods, a turkey plus grocery-store gift cards worth $15 and up, depending on the size of the family, for households that registered with the program.

This year, Ryan said, they expect to serve 1,500 families, noting the demand always jumps at Christmas time.

The food bank normally provides food for about 1,200 households each month.