Putting the ‘Merry’ in Christmas

By: 
Deb Hill
Managing Editor

The Great Christmas Giveaway, a holiday store where everything is free, is decorated and ready to open on Dec. 2, at 115 W. Main Street.       Photo by Deb Hill

“From soup to nuts” – that’s how Pastor Kurt Langendorff describes the range of items available in the Great Christmas Giveaway his church members have organized. From nearly new to brand new, items available include clothing for adults and children, gloves, boots, coats, toys, kitchenware and cooking utensils, furniture and even some appliances.

And every single thing is free.

Church members have worked hard to create the ultimate Christmas store for those who might otherwise not be able to afford a Christmas. 

“The whole congregation has been involved in this effort,” said Noreen Langendorff. “They have been collecting items from around the community for months, and have been busy the last couple of weeks setting up the store and decorating.” 

Many church members will be on hand to assist those who come in to shop, she said, adding that the Great Christmas Giveaway is not a typical second hand store. 

“These are nice things – things people would want to open as gifts on Christmas morning. A lot of them are brand new with the price tags still on them. We have gift tables for men and women, so kids can come in and pick out a gift for mom or dad.”

Each shopper will be allowed to fill two T-shirt bags with items, and select one larger item as well, all of it absolutely free. The Giveaway store at 115 West Main Street will be open on Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

In order to make shopping easy, church members will be on hand to help. A group of teens from the church will provide gift-wrapping services. A kids’ activity center with movies will keep the young ones entertained while parents shop. Local musicians will provide live music off and on throughout the two days.

“There are no restrictions,” Pastor Langendorff said. “We hope to help those in need, but this is for anyone who wants to drop by.”

“Lewistown is a great place to do Christmas,” he added. “We encouraged people to shop locally for gifts to donate to the Great Christmas Giveaway and many did. We are hoping this will become an annual event, but this is our first time and we just want to reach out to those who are struggling with tight budgets and try to help.”

For more information, contact Shari Tindall at 350-2806.

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