Buddy the Elf gets EXCITED about Christmas … and TOYS … and giving to others! And he’s already smiling because smiling’s his favorite!! Why you ask??
Because Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year of course! You remember what it was like when you were 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 (time, toys or money) help us to provide deeply discounted, brand new, trendy toys at prices that can’t be found elsewhere. The store is designed for neighborhood families and those in significant financial need. Having a quality neighborhood outlet in the North Memphis community is essential to empowering parents to provide the best Christmas for their children themselves.
In addition, the Toy Store employs four local adults from the community, providing job training in customer service, sales, management, and cash register operation.
Store location: Inside the Oasis Appliance warehouse, 1294 N. Thomas Street, Memphis, TN 38107, T: 901.577.0013
Store Open dates/hours: Dec. 1-12, Tues-Sat 10am-4pm.
But in order to pull off an operation like this, we need some elves to help with the following:
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME: Volunteer to work in the Oasis Toy Store. The joy you, your family, or small group can get from helping parents provide name brand toys for their kids at unbeatable prices will make this Christmas one you’ll never forget! And we need LOTS of help. Just a few of our needs are: toy purchasing, store set up, pricing, stocking shelves, decorating, buying supplies, greeting, sales reports, tear-down, clean-up, etc. Much of the above will take place during the end of November and first couple of weeks of December. If you are REALLY excited about this, we are also looking for new coordinators this year!
DONATE TOYS: Simply bring your new toys to Hope Church anytime (look for the marked bins). 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.
Gifts ideas for Boys & Girls (target range is from 3-12 year olds):
-footballs, basketballs, balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys
– Marvel action figures
-AAA & AA batteries
-itunes gift cards
-cologne & aftershave
Paying it forward and giving to others is what makes Christmas feel so meaningful and memorable. Learn from Buddy the Elf and get in the holiday spirit! This may be a new ministry that God will use in your life to make a difference, both in you and in our city. If you would like more information, please contact us!