The Concept Behind the Toy Store. Why We Do What We Do

December 05, 2014

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

At least that’s how you remember Christmas time as a kid -  exploding with the excitement of opening your presents and playing with your new toys on Christmas morning. That excitement is multiplied across the entire family when parents have the positive self-esteem of purchasing their presents themselves instead of receiving hand-outs. That’s where the Oasis Toy Store comes in – your donations (toys or money) help us to provide deeply discounted, brand new, trendy toys at prices that can’t be found elsewhere. In addition, the Toy Store employs four local adults from the community, providing job training in customer service, sales, management, and cash register operation.

Mary Susan and Tom Capon have volunteered to run the Toy Store ministry since its inception, more than a decade ago! This ministry would not exist if it weren’t for their passion and commitment to making Christmas better for families that feel the financial crunch every month and especially during the holidays! According to the Capons, “The focus of the Toy Store is to provide quality name brand toys at very affordable prices. The store is designed for neighborhood families and those in significant financial need. Having a quality neighborhood outlet in their North Memphis community is essential to empowering parents to provide the best Christmas for their children themselves.”

This is such a fun and joyful outreach to get involved with! Simply bring your new toys to Hope Church anytime (look for the marked bins), now through December 7th. If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can either donate online; or write a check to Oasis of Hope, put “Toy Store” in the memo and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

Store location: Inside the Oasis Appliance warehouse, 1294 N. Thomas Street, Memphis, TN 38107, T:  901.577.0013
Store hours: Dec. 1-12, open 10am-5pm; Dec. 13 open 10a-12p.

Gifts ideas for Boys & Girls:

Toddlers:
-learning toys
-mega blocks

Kids:
-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-sports balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys

Teens:
-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-cologne & aftershave

If you would like more information about this ministry, please contact us!

 

Oasis Bike Shop Helps Kids Earn Bikes, Teaches Mechanics

December 04, 2014

oasis-bike-shop-collage-500Santa has his elves, and the Oasis Bike Shop has seven young men from the inner city currently working through the Apprentice Mechanics Program where they are being trained in bicycle repair, safety and mechanics … all skills that may come in handy for either their personal health, or a possible career path someday.

In addition to learning the how-to mechanics of bike repair, local youth can also get involved in the Oasis Bike Shop Earn-a-Bike program by volunteering, learning, and helping out in the Bike Shop with the end result of earning and selecting their very own bike. While logging their 24 hours, they are learning how to run a small business, being taught how to fix, revive and recycle used bikes, and perhaps most importantly, they are being mentored by a caring adult who is interested in investing in not only their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being.

Group events are frequently planned to further bonding and to demonstrate what healthy living looks like. Thanks to the exciting growth in Memphis regarding the Greenline and the Hampline, there is a lot of buzz in the biking industry, and specifically in North Memphis.

Additionally, the Bike Shop is partnering with Memphis Leadership Foundation and Community Bikes to help empower the neighborhood biking community through education, safety and training. By working together, we hope to offer more services and to create a buzz about this healthy and fun activity and to make our shop a sustainable ministry that the North Memphis biking community is proud to call their own.

On Saturday, Jan. 24th at 7pm, the Mississippi Riverkings are sponsoring an Oasis Bike Shop night at the game and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit our ministry. Please support our youth by attending the game!

Many thanks to the Bike Shop for recently repairing and donating eleven bikes to the Oasis Toy Store! What could be more fun and memorable than getting a bike for Christmas?

Currently we are open two days a week, but hope to expand our hours in the future. If you would like more information regarding this growing ministry check out the Oasis Bike Shop webpage, or if you would like to get involved, please contact us!

Shop Hours:

Tuesday 4:30-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Need Permission to Shop? Buy Toys for the Oasis Toy Store!

November 20, 2014

oasis-toy-drive-110x116The Oasis Toy Store truly is one of the most fun things we do to bless our North Memphis families! This outreach empowers under-resourced families to buy their own presents and offers dignity along with grace. What a great way to celebrate the season!

Additionally, we hire four local residents to help us run the store which teaches customer service, cash register skills, store management and more!

Help our North Memphis community parents provide for their children this Christmas – donate to our annual toy store! The toys are deeply discounted, allowing parents to purchase new, trendy gifts for their children. Drop-off any new, unwrapped toys from the wish list below Nov. 22 through Dec. 12 in the designated boxes located in the North, South and Main Lobbies at Hope Church.

Gifts for Boys & Girls:

Toddlers:
-learning toys
-mega blocks

Kids:
-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-sports balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys

Teens:
-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-cologne & aftershave

If you’d like, we can shop for you! Make checks payable to Oasis of Hope (write ‘Toy Store’ in the memo) or donate online. The Toy Store is open Dec. 1-12 from 10a-5p and Dec. 13 10a-12p. For volunteer opportunities or more information, email us.

We Reflect on the Life-on-Life Relationships From 2013

January 14, 2014

oasis-vbs-2012-100x116Just a few of the numbers from the ministry are below:

Children/Youth Ministryevery week we are life-on-life with:

  • 35+ elementary children through programs like Read 2 Succeed and Warrior Princesses
  • 130+ middle school students through programs like ThinkTank, Pathfinders and tutoring
  • 50+  high school youth through programs like Ambassadors, Young Life and mentoring
  • 150+ backpacks were distributed to students in need
  • 29 youth had the life impacting experience of summer Bible camp
  • 400+ youth were touched through the Easter Egg Hunt, VBS, Summer Baseball & Fall Festival
  • Youth Developer, Martell Hixson, moved into neighborhood to have a deeper impact
  • 260 families had a happier Thanksgiving through the affordable purchase of our baskets

Much of the credit goes to the 50+ volunteers that make youth ministry possible!

Employment – 10 adults were employed (p/t) through, Oasis Appliance, Bike Shop, Sweet Shirt & Toy Store

Housing – 10 new, affordable housing units completed at Bearwater Park

Personal Finance – 164 family tax returns filed for free, representing $381,000 in savings (credits and fees)

Life Skills – 20 adults graduated our “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by Kind of World” course

Seniors – 90+ senior citizens were served through our daily social services program

Toy Store’s 10th Ann. Brings Smiles to Almost 1,000 children!

January 04, 2014

oasis-toy-store-2012-110x11Our tenth year was a successful one even though the weather forced us to be closed for two days of our two week run. We had 271 families shopping for 952 children.

This is all possible due to your donations of toys and cash (we even had a cash donation all the way from New Orleans; thank you!).  In the process, 4 area adults were employed in the store, benefiting their Christmases and their future employment opportunities.

A big thanks to the volunteers who helped with the store setup as well to those working in the store.  Some members “adopted” the store and purchased toys throughout the year and donated them along with their time. Christmas morning will be brighter for these lucky children because of your help and generosity. THANK YOU.

Mary Susan and Tom Capon

Oasis of Hope Toy Store chairmen

Oh What Fun It Is To … Donate TOYS to the Oasis Toy Store!!

November 27, 2013

oasis-toy-store-2012-110x11The Oasis Toy Store truly is one of the most fun things we do to bless the less fortunate!

Help parents in need provide Christmas for their families – donate to our annual toy store! This outreach empowers under-resourced families to buy their own presents and offers dignity along with grace. What a great way to celebrate the season!

Drop off any new, unwrapped toys from the wish list below Nov. 23 through Dec. 8 at Hope Church. Drop boxes are located in the North, South and Main Foyers.

Gifts for Boys & Girls:

Toddlers:
-learning toys
-mega blocks

Kids:
-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-sports balls
-monster high dolls

Teens:
-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-cologne & aftershave

If you’d like, we can shop for you! Make checks payable to Oasis of Hope (write ‘Toy Store’ in the memo) or donate online. The Toy Store is open Dec. 2-14 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Fore more information, contact Tom Capon.

 

We Gathered to Remember and to Look Forward with Hope

March 10, 2013

Honoring Ms. Karen: On Wednesday, February 27, we hosted a dinner for our Oasis families in honor of Karen Durham, who went home to be with the Lord. It also gave our families the opportunity to know more about what Oasis of Hope is all about. The dinner was held at Bickford Community Center, and we had about 150 people in attendance for what turned out to be a very special evening. Please continue to pray for Karen’s family and loved ones!

Oasis Toy Store ‘Wraps Up’ Its 9th, Successful Year

December 05, 2012

The Oasis of Hope Toy Store ended another successful year. For the 9th year we were open serving the North Memphis community for two weeks. We employed three young people from the neighborhood who earned retail experience along with Christmas spending money. We served 337 families and 1,368 children. What a Christmas blessing Hope provided for the families, children, volunteers and employees. Thank you for your support!!

- Mary Susan & Tom Capon, Chairmen

Incredible Pizza Teams Up With You and the Oasis Toy Store!

November 26, 2012

The Oasis of Hope Toy Store has been chosen as the recipient of a pizza promotion from America’s Incredible Pizza!

Through the month of December, Incredible Pizza is graciously offering the customer a $5.00 gift card with the purchase of a pizza and the donation of an unwrapped toy to benefit the Oasis Toy Store! Check out more details on the Incredible Pizza facebook page.

A win win deal for all!

Following is a suggested toy list to assist you in shopping for the Toy Store:
- Board Games
- Action Figures
- Mega Bloks
- Footballs
- Basketballs
- Toddler Toys

Join us in helping families give toys to their children with dignity this Christmas!

Attention Shoppers: Toys Needed for the Oasis Toy Store!

November 25, 2012

Help parents in need provide Christmas for their families – donate to the Oasis annual toy store!

This outreach empowers under-resourced families to buy their own presents and offers dignity along with grace.

What a great way to celebrate the season!

Drop off any new, unwrapped toys from the following wish list now through December 9th at Hope Church. Drop boxes are located in the North, South and Main Foyers.

Gifts Needed for Boys and Girls:

Toddlers:
- Learning Toys
- Dora the Explorer
- Books
- Mega Blocks

Kids:
- Action Figures
- Lego Sets
- Jigsaw Puzzles
- Board Games
- Sports Balls

Teens:
- MP3 Players
- Itunes Gift Cards
- Board Games
- AA Batteries

Or, if you’d rather, we’ll shop for you! Make checks payable to ‘Oasis of Hope’ (write ‘Toy Store’ in the memo) or donate online. For volunteer opportunities, contact Tom Capon.

Also … something you may not realize, is that we hire local adults to run and manage the Toy Store, which provides job experience and connections between our Hope Volunteers and families who live in North Memphis!

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