Christmas cheer was in the air at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake this week. Families were able to shop the Christmas market over the course of three separate days that worked with their schedules and hand-pick gifts for their children and loved ones.
More than 50 families were able to shop the market. These families participate in the strengthening programs available at the Family Hope Center. Offering a place to shop without the normal holiday financial strain gives parents relief during the Christmas season and time to focus on their children.
Children were able to meet with Santa Claus, see a train and mini town on display, and enjoy coloring activities and Christmas crafts.
Members of the Shining Hope Council, who helped with the capital campaign to build this Family Hope Center, had the joy of volunteering and spending time with the families. For everyone involved, it’s so much more than assisting a mom or dad pick out a doll or new game.
“Two of our long-time volunteers had the chance to share the Gospel with a mother as she shopped,” shared Robin Bruster, volunteer engagement coordinator for Bachman Lake and West Dallas. “It was definitely the highlight of the day for all.”
The impact of just three shopping days on these families will last for the whole Christmas season.