KANSAS CITY. Mo. - When you hear "holiday store," you probably picture cash in, gifts out. At the Rose Brooks Center Holiday Store it is gifts "in," as in donated gifts.
Their storefront at the Ward Parkway Mall looks like any other store. However, shoppers walk in with full bags and leave with a smile. In the back room, Rose Brooks volunteers sort the donations into large bins. The games, clothes and toiletries are all for the women and children who will spend Christmas in their domestic violence shelter.
This year's wish list includes non-violent toys, art supplies, puzzles and books for children and toiletries, pajamas and slippers are needed for the mothers. Gifts for young adults ages 10-16 are especially needed this year.
"The families we serve are going through such difficult times – away from their home, family and friends," Susan Miller said, CEO of Rose Brooks Center. "By donating to the Holiday Store, you are not only providing these families with essential needs, but you are spreading hope and cheer this holiday season to a family who needs support."
The needs are not lost on volunteers. Helping sort gifts, volunteer Michael Karlin said he knows many families leave their homes with nothing.
"It's all about hope for a future," Karlin said. "And children and the clients at Rose brooks are looking for a future. A better future than what they currently are in."
The Rose Brooks Center Holiday Store is open for donations during regular mall hours at Ward Parkway Mall through Wednesday, December 18th.
For more information, including a complete list of needs, visit www.rosebrooks.org .