Gift of Love Christmas Store

Donate Sunday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Dec.5

The Gift of Love Christmas Store will allow identified local parents to provide an affordable Christmas for their family on Saturday, December 11. Identified parents will choose presents for their children at a reduced cost, ending with a gift-wrapping station! While the parents are shopping, the children will enjoy crafts and playtime in provided childcare, and join their families later for refreshments.

We need at least 50 volunteers to plan and operate this exciting church-wide event, a partnership between Good Shepherd in Owatonna and Trinity Lutheran in Medford. This is a lofty goal, and we believe as a church community we can come together to make this happen. There are several ways you can help!


Drop off new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children age 0-18 in the Gathering Area at Good Shepherd

Sunday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

We are hoping for a variety of price ranges, $50 and below. The families will choose one large gift and 2 small gifts per child.  

Gift Donation Ideas


snuggly blankets, infant toys, accessories, diapers, sleepers

School age

LEGO sets, Lincoln Logs, toy cars, remote-control cars or helicopters, race track sets, action figures, board games, sports equipment and balls, Nerf guns, science kits, arts & crafts sets, colored pencils, gel pens, jewelry making and beading kits, dolls and accessories, kids cooking sets


drones, earbuds, handheld electronic games, wireless speakers, wallets, book sets, multi-use tools, watches, jewelry, makeup kits, manicure sets, hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, sewing kits


gift cards to Target, Old Navy and Walmart


We have a wide variety of serving opportunities:

Toy Coordinator

inventory and organize toys

Gift Wrapping

oversee gift wrapping station and volunteers

Personal Shopper

assist families in their shopping


care for their children and assist with crafts

Registration table

welcome families and get them ready for shopping

Restocking crew

monitor the store and keep shelves stocked.


set up and serve hot chocolate and cookies


make the store festive and welcoming!

Set up/take down

help with the set-up/take down of the store


We are looking for people to help with the overall planning and details for this special event. We will meet weekly through December 11.

Questions? Ready to serve? Contact us.