Wellspring’s Annual Holiday Store

Wellspring’s Holiday Store program provides an opportunity for eligible low-income parents to shop by appointment for toys and gifts for their children. Each December, for one weekend before the holidays, Wellspring House is stocked with donated toys. Parents register for a 20 minute appointment and, for $2 per child, may pick out one large gift, one medium gift, one small gift, and a book.

Last holiday season, Wellspring’s Holiday Store served 854 children from 394 families on Cape Ann and the surrounding communities, providing tremendous financial relief at a time of year when the need is greatest.

The operation of the Holiday Store relies strongly on toy donations. You can help by:

  • Organizing a toy drive
  • Dropping off gifts
  • Donating a gift card (Preferred stores: Market Basket, Marshalls, or drug stores such as CVS or Walgreens)

All gifts should be new, unwrapped and non-violent. Gifts may be dropped off at 302 Essex Avenue.

For more information on how to get involved please contact Katie Misuraca, Development Associate at kmisuraca@wellspringhouse.org or 978-281-3558 ext. 303.

Suggested Gifts

Young Children:

  • Trucks
  • Legos
  • Matchbox cars
  • Dinosaurs
  • Disney characters/ action hero figures
  • Superhero pajamas
  • Baby dolls
  • Tea sets
  • Dress up Costumes/Princess attire
  • Barbies
  • Play-Doh
  • Toy Guitars/Keyboards
  • Jump ropes
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Lincoln Logs

Older Children:

  • Sports items (soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, hockey skates)
  • Make up, hair and nail accessories
  • Handbags
  • Jewelry craft kits
  • Science kits

Winners For Everyone:

  • Sports Equipment
  • Art supplies: From crayons and markers to paint/pen sets, and even small canvases. A.C. Moore  is a great resource for these gifts.
  • Board Games are fun for the whole family: Uno, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Life, Clue, etc.
  • Books: We make sure that each child takes home a book from the Holiday Store.

Families interested in scheduling an appointment must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Cape Ann.
  • Have legal and physical custody your child or children.
  • Bring $2 for each child you plan to shop for plus $1 for a gift card, if one is available.
  • Must schedule the appointment and speak to a live person. Appointments cannot be made by voicemail.

In an effort to ensure that the greatest numbers of families in our community are served, families are only permitted to receive assistance from one agency. By making an appointment with us you are giving Wellspring the right to share your information with Pathways for Children or other local agencies.

More information about sign-ups will be provided as the date of the Holiday Store draws nearer.

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