On Saturday, December 16, 2017, with the support of donors, volunteers, business, and church partners Urban Youth Impact provided: 1800 children in 600 families, with 5,400 toys for Christmas. 200 people were prayed for, 100 Bibles distributed, 500 Joyce Meyer books given away, along with clothing, 105 bikes, 75 Kindle Fire tablets, 625 bags of groceries, and 640 “The Jesus Film” DVDs.
For sixteen years, Urban Youth Impact’s Annual Christmas Store event has given parents the opportunity to “shop” (for free) for gifts and toys to give to their children on Christmas; while their children have fun in the Christmas Village. This allows Mom and Dad the dignity of being “Santa” on Christmas morning.
This year our Christmas Store event registration opened on Monday, October, 16th. When the first employees arrived to work that day, there was a line formed in front of UYI’s Administration building with parents waiting to register their children to receive toys. The community need was so great that we reached event capacity in eight days!
On December 14th and 15th, 116 gracious volunteers helped to set up the event with major manpower from Berean Christian School, The Breakers Palm Beach, Oasis Outsourcing, Palm Beach Gardens High School AVID Students, Chick-fil-A Okeechobee/Turnpike, and Chick-fil-A Palm Beach Lakes. On Saturday, at the event, 516 volunteers served on our: KidZone Crew, Gift Haulers Squad, Volunteer and Parent Check-In Group, Event Hospitality Team, Grocery Distribution Team, Store Restocking Team, Lunch Team, and on the Gift Wrapping Team. Volunteers also served as our English and Spanish speaking Shopping Assistants by assisting parents to thoughtfully pick out the perfect present for their children.
While parents were shopping in the store, children explored the Christmas Village. Activities in the children’s Christmas Village were provided by: Bow Down Church – cookie decorating, Living Word Community Church – reindeer bookmarks, First Presbyterian of North Palm Beach – popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, face painting and bracelet making, Miami DOCS – crafting table, The Academic Link – ornament decorating, and WAYFM – corn hole. The King’s Academy students assisted with the Kid Zone. All event participants were able to enjoy hot dogs provided by Christ Fellowship. In addition to the Christmas Village Miami DOCS provided free health screenings to parents as well as information on nutrition and asthma. Moody Radio provided 6 gift bags to be raffled off to the parents while parents waited to shop.
“The Christmas Store fulfills Urban Youth Impact’s mission to love the children and families in need in our community,” said Bill Hobbs, Founder/President of Urban Youth Impact. “I want to thank each and every donor, volunteer, organization & church that supports UYI’s vision of spreading the love of Christmas to so many families in the urban communities of Palm Beach County.
Major Sponsors: Batchelor Foundation, Berlin Family Foundation, and Hand of Hope – Joyce Meyer Ministries.
2017 Christmas Store Event Committee Members: Teresa Boyda, Toni Byrd, Kasha Deese, John Fix, Leneita Fix, Lizeth Gonzalez, Marcos Gonzalez, Felicia Harrison, Kerry Hobbs, Sharon Huggins, Lynn Kelly, Alan Mentser, Nancy Pierre, Michele Rasmussen, and Kristen White.
Major Volunteer Power: Atlantic Screening, Berean Christian School, Bow Down Church, Celedinas Insurance Group, Chick-fil-A Okeechobee/Turnpike, Chick-fil-A Palm Beach Lakes, Christ Fellowship, Family Church, First Presbyterian of North Palm Beach, Independent Imaging, Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, Living Word Christian Community Church, Loretta Hawkins Ministry, Miami DOCS, Oasis, Palm Beach Atlantic University, PBAU’s Women Basketball Team, PBGHS AVID Students, TBC Corporation, The Academic Link, The Breakers, Palm Beach, The King’s Academy, Truth Point Church, United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society, and WAY FM.
Toy Collection Sites: Action Physical Therapy, Air Handlers of the Palm Beaches, Arrow Digital, Atlantic Aviation, Berean Christian School, Blatt Financial Group, Celedinas Insurance Group, Chase Bank, Chick-fil-A Okeechobee/Turnpike, Chick-fil-A Palm Beach Lakes, De Puy Synthes, First Baptist Tequesta, HEW Lake Worth, Independent Imaging, Inspire Chiropractic, John C Bills Properties Inc, Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, Lost Tree Village Financial Center, Memorial Presbyterian, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach Chiropractor, PGA Financial Plaza, Preferred Printing & Graphics, Royal Poinciana Chapel, SOMA Medical Center, TBC Corporation, The King’s Academy, Truth Point Church, United Way of Palm Beach County, and Women of Note.