“The Holiday Pop-Up Shop is intended to restore the joy of giving back to parents in our community,” said Lyssia Porter, Compassion Director of Blue Oaks Church. “Rather than go with the traditional giving tree model, we wanted to provide parents with as close to a traditional holiday shopping experience as possible. That way parents get to pick out gifts for their own loved ones and don’t have to make the tough choice between purchasing gifts or paying for rent or food for the month.”
Those organizing the shop are seeking donations of new household items including bedding and kitchen appliances, gift cards and toys. One of the most needed items is gift certificates for work boots or school shoes. A complete list of requested items can be found on the website at www.toyshop.team. Those who are not sure who they want to buy an item for can also make a financial contribution and those items most needed will be purchased. All items are needed by December 9 so the shop can be set up by volunteers.
Individuals receiving gifts have been referred primarily through the Dublin and Pleasanton School District. Those who complete the registration process are assigned a date and time to come “shop” for items on a first-registered, first-served basis. For more information please visit the website or call 925-846-6622.