Just a few of the numbers from the ministry are below:
Children/Youth Ministry – every 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
Our 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
The 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:
-monster high dolls
-itunes gift cards
-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.
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!
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
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
- Toddler Toys
Join us in helping families give toys to their children with dignity this Christmas!
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:
- Learning Toys
- Dora the Explorer
- Mega Blocks
- Action Figures
- Lego Sets
- Jigsaw Puzzles
- Board Games
- Sports Balls
- 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!
The first weeks of the Oasis Toy Store saw almost twice the amount of families we have had in the past! This might be due to the economy, but there are more families in need of this opportunity for very afforadable toys than we’ve seen in previous years. If you would like to help parents in need provide Christmas presents for their families, then donate to our annual Toy Store! This outreach empowers under-resourced families to buy their own presents and offers dignity along with grace. Thank you to those who donated toys or money! At this time, we are still accepting financial donations. If you are moved by this ministry, you can send a check and we’ll do the shopping for you! Make checks payable to Oasis of Hope (write “Toy Store” in the memo) or donate online. For volunteer opportunities contact Tom Capon.
We would like to thank all who helped with our Toy Store this Christmas season whether you donated toys, money or volunteered your time! We had our biggest season ever providing toys for 257 families and over 1,000 children! Special thanks to the family of Kelly Howell for setting up a memorial Christams fund benefiting the Toy Store, as well as Tom and Mary Helen Capon for volunteering hours and hours of their time to plan, order toys, hire local staff, stock toys & man the store! Providing families in North Memphis with this opportunity empowers under-resourced families to buy their own, new presents at reduced rates with dignity and grace!
Interesting Story: A lady came into the store who works at Head Start. She knew twin four-year-olds and an eight-year-old who’s mother passed away last week. The Toy Store and its volunteers were able to give $200 worth of toys to the children who will be spending their first Christmas without their mother.
Best Opening Day Ever at the Oasis Toy Store!
People were lined up long before the doors opened and got Christmas off on the right foot at our neighborhood toy store in North Memphis. Sixty families (about 300 kids!) took advantage of the crazy deals they can get at the store, in order to provide toys for their children this Christmas. According to Tom and Mary Susan Capon, our long-standing volunteer store managers, “We might have sold as many remote control cars in the first hour this year as we did all last year. And last year was our busiest year to-date!”
We especially need:
Sports balls, remote control cars, batteries, and toddler toys.
If you have chance, please purchase a toy and bring it to Hope Church, or you can donate online and we’ll shop for you.
A little background:
The Oasis Toy Store concept came after learning that giving away toys doesn’t allow parents to provide for their kids with dignity. Who doesn’t like a good bargain though? So, having people donate brand new toys and selling them at drastically discounted prices not only allowed the families in North Memphis to purchase new toys, but to also receive the gift of dignity and pride.
Another thing you may not know is that we hire four local adults to staff the store under the supervision of our wonderful volunteer store managers, Tom and Mary Susan Capon. This provides the opportunity of practicing customer service, maintaining a retail store, using a cash register, and time management! It’s such a win-win!
TOY STORE HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
STORE OPEN: December 1-15, 2012