Oasis Toy Store 2015; Annnnnnd That’s a Wrap!

January 02, 2016

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116Another year another wonderful Oasis Toy Store experience! 252 families shopped for 1,097 children. Now that will equate to MANY smiling faces Christmas morning! Mary Susan and Tom Capon, along with Melissa Orr did an awesome job coordinating all aspects of the store (and boy there are many).

The 3 neighborhood employees – Danielle, Joshua and Brandon served their customers with a smile that couldn’t help but bring some Christmas cheer…along with retail experience for them and great deals for the shoppers!

Hope Church members and others gave hundreds of toys to line the shelves; Thank You! The Oasis Appliance staff helped with much of the cashier sales logistics this year. It was a team effort and we believe God will be glorified when the kids open their presents this Christmas. Thank you to all who gave toys or help in any way at this year’s Oasis Toy Store. We couldn’t do it without you. Merry Christmas!!!

Fall is an Important Time to Support Oasis Financially

November 01, 2015

camper-reading-bible-web100This time of year is always challenging financially for the ministry. We are still a couple months out from our year-end donation drive and these are some of the most expensive months on the calendar:

  1. All of our fall outreaches are being launched, requiring materials, food, transportation, increased staffing, etc. The costs of which easily extend beyond an additional $15,000.
  1. You may not realize it, but our Toy Store ministry has to purchase 60% of the toys we sell and that outlay happens over September and October, adding $10,000 in expenditures.
  1. This year we have an amazing opportunity to send staff, volunteers and neighborhood friends to the amazing Christian Community Development Conference (CCDA) for education and encouragement. But many cannot afford the $209 registration fee so we are helping with scholarships which may total an additional $3,500.
  1. We are in the process of preparing Bearwater Park for phase II construction. Even though we have some grant funds for the actual home construction the prep work and engineering plans are in process to the tune of at least $7,000.
  1. Finally, we were blessed with a partial grant to fund the purchase of a ministry van! However, there was $2,400 still to be covered.

We know with the downturn in the market, it isn’t the best time to ask, but if you happen to have the capability of giving a gift to the ministry – the timing couldn’t be better for us. If you would like to address a specific ministry area, let us know. You can write checks out to Oasis of Hope and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018 (or place in the offering bucket at Hope Church); or you can donate online.

Thank you again for your interest, prayers and support of Oasis of Hope!

Terry Hoff
Director, Oasis of Hope

Don’t Be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymoggins; Get Involved!

October 18, 2015

elf1Buddy 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):

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116Toddlers:
-learning toys
-mega blocks

Kids:
-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-footballs, basketballs, balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys
-Star Wars
– Marvel action figures
-AAA & AA batteries

Teens:
-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-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!

2014 Toy Store Summary: 267 Families Helped Representing 1,152 Children!

January 01, 2015

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116God has used the Oasis Toy store ministry in a wonderful way again this year! We had 267 families sign in representing 1,152 children, who had a much merrier Christmas as a result. We can’t thank everyone that gave to this ministry enough. Without the generous donations this outreach could not happen. In addition, our store coordinators, Tom and Mary Susan Capon, said that the employees from the neighborhood constituted the best team they’ve had. The store not only blesses children, but the young adults from the community that work the store get valuable sales, cash register and inventory experience. Last but not least, the parents have the joy of buying their children’s presents themselves. It doesn’t matter what your income level, everyone loves a bargain :). This is what the Oasis store is all about.

Have a VERY Merry Christmas!

Terry Hoff

Posted in Oasis Toy Store

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

December 01, 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!

 

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!

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