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By Lou Marzeles

Christmas Store sets up shop


November 6, 2019

For a good many residents of Goldendale, the best place to get children's gifts for Christmas this year will be the Christmas Store.

"It's designed to make it easier for people who may not be able to shop for full-price toys and gifts for their kids," states Leslie Preger, who runs the store at the Father's House in Goldendale. The store this year will be open Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the organization is collecting gifts now to offer in the store now at various locations throughout Goldendale. Special boxes in which generous supporters can put gifts for kids are located at all the churches in town, the Goldendale Sentinel office, K-C Pharmacy, the Bargain Boutique, the General Store, Aimee's Attic, Klickitat Valley Health, McCredy's, and the Centerville Church.

"You should see kids' faces light up when they come through the store," Preger says. They get a free stuffed animal with every gift purchase as well. The store resells toys and gifts at a fraction of the retail cost.

In the six years the store Preger has operated the store, some 40,000 toys and gifts have been made available to less fortunate families. The late Karen Martin started the program in 2009. All revenues from sales of the gifts go to support the Hand Up program conducted by the collective ministries of Goldendale churches and the emergency shelter at the Father's House.

The deadline for dropping off toys in the drop boxes is Dec. 6. Gifts should not be wrapped so purchasers can tell what they're buying.


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