Christmas comes to Shepherdstown Day Care
Shepherdstown Day Care held its annual “Re-Wrap” Christmas event on Thursday evening.
Michelle Robinson, the assistant director of the daycare and event coordinator said, “Many of our families are at or below the poverty level. This gives them an opportunity to shop for their kids without taking away from necessities.”
Each year the daycare puts out a request for very gently used toys to be donated for this event, and then spends countless hours combing through toys, sorting, and pricing.
Parents are given an income-based voucher to spend on the donated items including games, toys, puzzles, books, clothing, wrapped gift baskets and bicycles. Most offerings are used, but some new items were donated as well.
Children are occupied by activities in other parts of the daycare facility while parents shop and have the gifts wrapped.
“We have been extremely blessed by the generosity of the community again this year,” said Robinson.
Jessica Burwell, parent and Re-wrap volunteer said, “As a parent, getting that voucher in the past meant so much. This year I’ve been blessed to be involved in the process. The people here have worked tirelessly to put this together. Many families wouldn’t be able to have a Christmas without this event.”
Most toys that are leftover are donated to the womens’ shelter and homeless shelters in Martinsburg, while some others may be incorporated into classrooms for children to use all year long.