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. This program not only brightens the holidays for kids in need, it also serves as a lifeline that keeps parents from getting behind on bills or rent in January. 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 year’s Holiday Store served 818 children from 362 families in need from our community. That’s over 2,454 toys!

The 2019 Holiday Store will take place on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th.

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: Marshalls and Target)

All gifts should be new, unwrapped and non-violent. Gifts may be dropped off at 302 Essex Avenue from Monday, November 4th until Friday, December 6th from 9am to 4pm.

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
  • Baby dolls
  • Tea sets
  • Dress up Costumes / Princess attire
  • Barbies
  • Toy Guitars / Keyboards
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Razor Scooters
  • Snow Tubes

Older Children:

  • Sports items (soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, hockey sticks)
  • Pajama Bottoms (sizes XL and XXL appreciated)
  • Throw Blankets
  • AXE Body Spray Sets
  • Men’s Grooming Kits
  • Fun socks
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Travel Mugs (w/ gift card inside)
  • Make up Kits
  • Hair Chalk
  • Hair Straighteners
  • Curling Irons
  • Blow dryers
  • 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 and Michael’s are great resources 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.

To schedule an appointment to shop for your family, please call (978) 281-3558, ext. 304 beginning on Monday, November 18th. Calls will be accepted between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please do not leave a voicemail message after hours, as messages unfortunately cannot be returned due to the high volume of calls we receive. Please note that Wellspring will close at Noon on November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Calls will resume during regular hours on Monday, December 2nd.

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