A Christmas to Remember
A SteppingOut Ministry
Passionately Serving Families in Northwest Arkansas for 15 Years
Details coming soon for our 15th Annual "Christmas to Remember" program
Our 14th Annual Christmas to Remember Event has ended! Please check back in September 2021 for more information!
2020 Event Update!
Like everything else this year, our "A Christmas to Remember" event has a brand new look...and a brand new location! In order to fit within COVID 19 recommendations, our Christmas to Remember event has been transformed into a Drive-Thru event this year. There will be exciting activities, LOADS of freebies, and many surprises all along the way...and when you reach the end...you will receive a "Santa Bag" filled with pre-selected and pre-wrapped gifts for your entire family. Please note the new location and time on the flyer below. You may drop by any time between 9 AM and Noon! In case of rain or snow, please check this page for an alternate "rain/snow" date. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REGISTERED IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO ATTEND. CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR OR CASE WORKER IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE. The Drive-Thru Christmas experience takes about 30 minutes. A huge thank you to Southside Church of Christ for allowing us to use their BIG parking lot to host our event this year!
"A Christmas to Remember"
A Christmas gift program unlike any other!
Opening our door in 2006, A Christmas to Remember was created as a ministry
to help ease the stress for under-resourced families at Christmas time.
Over the past 14 years, we have provided gifts for hundreds of families in our community. But we haven't done it alone.
It is through the efforts and generosity of local businesses, individuals, and volunteers, that we can proudly say "We have never had to turn a family away."
What makes our program so special?
Our program is not a wish list program...it is an entire morning of shopping, gift wrapping, Christmas music, snacks, and more...and the shoppers are...
CHILDREN...ages 1st-6th grade.
When children arrive, they will shop rows and rows of gifts in search of the perfect gift for EACH member of their family...an opportunity that many children have never experienced.
Gifts will be wrapped, tagged, and bagged and then sent home to be placed under their tree for Christmas morning.
Each child will also receive a gift of their very own. Selected by a sibling or one of our many volunteers.
How Do We Select Families?
We leave that to the professionals...The school counselors, program directors,
and social workers. After all, who knows their kids better than they do?
Each child/family is recommended...and registered on-line by their school counselor, program director, or social worker.
To make sure that all children have been accounted for, we double-check our list of children with each school counselor, program director, or social worker before shopping day.
When Is The Event Held?
The "A Christmas to Remember" event is generally held the first weekend in December.
However, with the COVID 19 pandemic, we are looking at a few different options.
Including a larger venue or spreading the event out over several days so that we can accommodate every child and still adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
As the event nears...we will make a final decision on the actual date(s) and location. Some of our normal activities (such as snacks) may also be changed/altered/skipped this year depending on the COVID 19 situation.
Where Do All The Amazing Gifts Come From?
All gifts for our program are generously donated through local businesses, vendors, churches, and individuals throughout our community. Several of our vendors have been with us for many, many years...and donate some pretty AMAZING gifts.
What Kind of Gift Items Do We Accept?
Any and all new items for men, women, youth, children, babies...even pets.
Toys, Socks, Hats, Warm Mittens, Makeup, Tools, Fishing Items, Sports Items, puzzles, games, kitchen gadgets, sewing items, electronics, books, science, and craft kits, etc. etc. etc.
Open gift sets (unused) - We have an amazing group of volunteers that can take a variety of items and create some pretty amazing gift sets.
Sample sale items.
Gift wrapping, ribbons, bows, gift boxes, scotch tape, packaging tape
Warehouse items. Cleaning out your warehouse? Give us a call!
No item is too big...or too small
Have items that you want to donate? Just fill out the form below and we will schedule a pick-up. Questions? Call 479-619-9932
I would like to volunteer to help with the "A Christmas to Remember" event.
Pulling our event together and running it requires a LOT of volunteers.
Everything from working a table, gift wrapping, crowd control, check-in, package handlers, snack area, etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with our event, please complete the form below.
Together...we can do great things!
If you would like to volunteer to help with our event this year, please fill out the form below. We will be in touch as soon as we have more information. Please be patient...and flexible as we work to adhere to the COVID 19 issue.
School Counselor or Program Directors Only
All names will be verified through each school
counselor and program director.
Want more information about our program?
Founder and Director
A Christmas to Remember
Enjoy some of our previous "A Christmas to Remember" events below