2016 Christmas Store Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

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Kitty Davis-Walker, VP of Public Relations

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562  kwalker@urm.org

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Alexandra Monsibaez, PR Coordinator

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UNION RESCUE MISSION 25TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORE

Thursday December 15th

Families in Need Invited to Shop for FREE”

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LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (December, 2016) —- Hundreds of children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop at Union Rescue Missions 25th Annual Christmas Store this Thursday  December 15th from 9:00am -4:30pm at URM Headquarters at 545 S. San Pedro in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales says “Christmas Store at URM is unique as it allows the parents and families experiencing homelessness the dignity and joy of shopping and choosing gifts for their own children at no cost to the families, and it fills the halls of Union Rescue Mission and Hope gardens with the biggest smiles ever”

 

Families on Skidrow as well as our offsite facility for mothers and children, Hope Gardens Family Center will be invited to Shop free of charge.   Hundreds of families will experience the joy of Christmas shopping that otherwise might not have been possible.

Moms and Dads are each greeted by a volunteer who will assist them on their quest to find the perfect gift for each of their kids. All gifts are then wrapped by expert gift wrapping volunteers so that all gifts remain a surprise until Christmas morning!

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Christmas Store is made possible through the generosity of donors like Rays of Light Philanthropic, Tina Corte & friends, LA City Attorneys Office, RBD communications, Shelter Partnership, and many more private donors and partnering corporations.

 

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Moms & Dads Shopping for their kids………………………… 9:00am-4:30pm

 

About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families.  For more information, please visit www.urm.org.

 

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

 

 

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Annual Christmas Store Opening Up!

UNION RESCUE MISSION to hold 18th Annual CHRISTMAS STORE

ON DECEMBER 18TH & 19TH

“1,000 Families In Need Invited to Shop for Free

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (December 18 & 19, 2009) — More than 2,000 children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop for presents at the Union Rescue Mission’s (URM) 18th Annual Christmas Store starting on Friday, December 18 at 9:00 a.m. to closing at 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at URM headquarters located at 545 South San Pedro St. in downtown Los Angeles.

Union Rescue Mission CEO, Andy Bales, said “It’s our joy to provide an opportunity for a unique shopping experience to 1000 families that might otherwise miss out on the joy of personally giving gifts to their children at Christmas”.                                                     

URM, and the Missions offsite facility for mothers and children, Hope Gardens Family Center as well as neighboring missions and service providers helping children and families on Skid Row will be invited to shop free of charge. With so many families in need this year, our goal for 2009 is to provide enough gifts to meet the needs of 1000 families. These families will be given tickets to shop for Christmas gifts in the Mission’s Christmas Store.

 Mothers and fathers will be assisted by volunteers to pick one toy or gift for each of their children ages infant through 17 years.  They will then be assisted in wrapping the gifts in the department store like atmosphere.  While parents shop, kids will experience a visit to our Kid Zone where they will enjoy holiday crafts, games, and treats and also shop for their parents in their own special store.

Each Year URM’s Annual Christmas Store is made possible through the generosity of private donors, and partnering corporations and companies like Verizon, SUBWAY restaurants, Shea Homes and ERA Realtors to name a few.

 

Schedule of Events:

  • Moms begin Shopping for their children…………………………9:30 a.m.
  • Children retreat to Kid Zone….…………………………………..9:30 a.m.    

ALL MEDIA are encouraged to attend.

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness.  Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children, and families.  For more information please visit our website at urm.org

Christmas Store a Success!!!

The Christmas spirit is in the air at the Union Rescue Mission.  For two whole days, struggling families in the community ventured through URM’s Christmas Store shopping for their loved ones—parents for their kids, kids for their parents.  We had over 750 families shop at the store. 

The Mission’s chapel was transformed to feel just like a department store with thousands of newly purchased gifts on display and volunteers dressed as gift wrapping elves.  Parents left the store overjoyed with personally selected gifts for their children to open on Christmas.  Over 5000 gifts were given away this year!

Thank you to our donors and volunteers who helped make the 17th annual Christmas Store a success.  We had 248 volunteers over the two day period.  Here are some quotes from the families that ‘shopped’ at our Store, as well as quotes from our volunteers:

“I’ve been blessed all my life and it warms my heart to be able to give back and be a part of making this year a special Christmas for these families.  Union Rescue Mission is doing a wonderful job, and I’m so glad to be a part of it.”Paris Hilton, Volunteer

“I am excited because it’s amazing to get something for them.  Sometimes we cannot, so it’s amazing.  I don’t know what I want to get them yet, I have to look.  But everything is good.  Any toy will be good for them.” – Miriam & her two daughters-age 6 & 8, Hope Gardens Residents.

“I just think the Christmas Store is amazing.  Without all that Hope Gardens and URM has done for my kids I wouldn’t even have a Christmas for my kids.  And I can’t believe that there’s snow.  Nice touch.”Joanne, Hope Gardens Resident

“I got 2 CD players with radio, one for each my daughters, and 2 gigantic teddy bears.  I know they will love it.  The Christmas Store is incredible.  It looks like a department store—with snow and everything.”Lucy, Hope Gardens Resident

“It’s wonderful to share with all these people.  I was brought by my dear friend who comes to volunteer every Tuesday and I wanted to do my part too.  I’m loving this.  I love wrapping gifts, and this is perfect for me.  I could wrap all day–as I will be.”Kate, Volunteer

“The Christmas Store is a beautiful thing and I’m very thankful.  The volunteers are so nice and very helpful.  They are helping me pick out some great gifts. We’re picking out some great books—Dr. Suess and Curious George.  I’m so thankful.  My son is going to be very happy.”Donya, Hope Gardens Resident

“This is my first time volunteering at the Union Rescue Mission.  I just wanted to help.  I’ve been looking for a place to volunteer for a while and I think I’ve found the perfect place.  The Christmas Store is perfect.  It makes sense.  It feels good, it’s nice.  I love the snow.  I’m glad to see happy faces.”Gerlianne, Volunteer

“I think the Christmas Store is fantastic.  It’s a big, big blessing and we’re really thankful.  I’m here shopping for 3 children, my two daughters–ages 2 and 3, and my son—age 7.  My son is going to be so surprised because he really got a nice toy thanks to the Union Rescue Mission.  We’re really loving the store today.” Joe Robinson Sr., URM Families Resident.

“I think the Christmas Store is wonderful—a blessing from God.  I’m shopping for my 6 children.  I got a scooter, games, dolls, socks and booties.  I’m going to give my kids the gifts on Christmas day and make it more fun for them.” Charlotte, URM Resident

“I’ve never seen something like this before.  It’s very organized and I see everyone working so hard to keep everything running well.  The volunteers are in very good spirits.  They treat you really well, and make you feel good.

My daughter saw a jacket a few weeks ago and tried it on.  Then she asked me if she could get it to wear to a concert coming up. I had to tell her that it was too expensive for me.  But now I was able to get her a really quality jacket and some nice jewelry from the Christmas Store.  I can give it to her all at once.  She’s going to be really excited.  I know she’s going to love it.”Rosalba, URM Resident

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Hilton family volunteers at Union Rescue Mission.

URM's CEO Andy Bales with the Hilton Family

Paris Hilton, her sister Nicky and mother Kathy, volunteered viagra 100mg at  Union Rescue Mission’s Christmas Store on Thursday, December 18th.  They, along with all our volunteers, brought joy and smiles to our families and children.  

This is URM’s 17th annual Christmas store and more than 2,000 children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop for presents.

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750 underprivileged families will shop at the 17th annual Union Rescue Mission Christmas Store

More than 2,000 children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop for presents at the Union Rescue Mission (URM) 17th annual Christmas Store starting on Thursday, December 18 at 10:00 a.m. and closing at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19 at URM headquarters located at 545 S. San Pedro St. in downtown Los Angeles.

“While there are a number of programs out there that provide toys and presents to underprivileged children during the holidays, URM takes it a step further by providing not only the gifts, but the experience of shopping for, selecting, and wrapping the gifts,” said Union Rescue Mission CEO Andy Bales. “Each family involved with the annual Christmas Store has the dignity of being able to provide their children with gifts they select themselves, wrap and give to their children personally.”

URM services, the Missions offsite facility for mothers and children, Hope Gardens Family Center as well as 7 neighboring missions and service providers helping children and families on Skid Row will be invited to shop free of charge. We are preparing to serve 750 families who will be given tickets to shop for Christmas gifts in the Mission’s Christmas Store. Mothers and fathers will be assisted by volunteers to pick one toy or gift for each of their children ages infant through 17 years. They will then be assisted in wrapping the gifts in the department store-like atmosphere. While the mothers shop, volunteers will help their children shop for their parents and personally wrap the gifts and create their own gift cards.

If you would like to get involved, we still need new and unwrapped toys and other gift items. You can drop your donations off 7 days a week at the Union Rescue Mission security office located at 545 S. San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90013. For additional information you can call 213-347-6300.

Please note that all of our volunteer slots for this event have been filled. Here’s a list of the items we still need:

URM Christmas Store Gift Suggestions—new and unwrapped:

Infants and Toddlers

  • Safe Baby Toys: rattles, dolls, etc.
  • Dolls
  • Walkers
  • Musical and colorful toys
  • Clothing, Jackets, Sleepers, Blankets
  • Tricycles

Teenagers — Urgent Need!

  • ELECTRONICS!
  • Remote Control Cars, Trains
  • Foam Remote Control Flying Saucers
  • Portable Boom boxes
  • Portable (Headset) DVD, CD & Cassette
  • Players (like Discman/Walkman)
  • Radios / Cameras
  • Watches, Fashion Jewelry
  • Jewelry Boxes

Body & bath products: (body sprays, lotions, perfume, cologne etc)

  • Dress up and make-up kits

Sports Equipment: (soccer balls, duffel bags, basket balls, footballs, tennis rackets, etc.)

  • Skateboarding equipment
  • Bicycles
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, sports Jerseys
  • Wallets

Elementary School Age
ELECTRONICS

  • Cars & Car Sets
  • Fashion Dolls, Barbie Dolls
  • Compact mirrors
  • Bicycles
  • Sports Equipment (soccer balls, etc.)

Gifts for Mothers Section – The children shop for presents to give to their mothers on Christmas

  • Make-up kits
  • Fashion Jewelry
  • Sweaters
  • Blouses
  • Holiday socks
  • Scarves
  • Robes
  • Pajamas
  • Hand bags
  • Body sprays, perfumes
  • Body care sets: (lotions, bath products)
  • Wallets
  • Bed sheet sets
  • Towels
  • Cookware
  • Kitchen mittens, cloths, towels
  • Clothing and Protective Wear
  • Hair Accessories
  • Nail Polish Sets
  • Electronic & Board Game
  • Purses and Backpacks
  • Clothing, Warm Jackets, Rain wear

Donations can be dropped off 7 days a week at the Union Rescue Mission security office located at 545 S. San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90013. For additional information you can call 213-347-6300.

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