General Information


In October, we begin taking applications for the programs from pantry clients. Several families are chosen by the adopt-a-family program that our middle and high school youth run every December. The remaining 30 are accepted into the Christmas Presence program. These families are given funds and the opportunity to shop in the Tri-Village Trading Post.

Clients experience Christmas shopping and wrapping for their own families, allowing us to let them have the joy of finding the perfect gifts and the items they most need. During the event, we will sit with clients, chat while enjoying cocoa and donated baked goods and help their children make crafts and pick out gifts while their parents shop downstairs.

2019 Event


The shopping event is split into shifts on two different days, allowing for the most convenient shopping times for each client.

Friday, December 13

Sunday, December 15

Important Dates

  • 10/1 Tue Applications open
  • 10/2 Wed Full Group meeting
  • 10/31 Thu Applications close
  • 11/3 Sun Online and Sunday Tables Donations begin
  • 12/8 Sun Online and Sunday Tables Donations close
  • 12/10 Tue Toy delivery date
  • 12/11-12 W/Th Pricing day (two shifts per day)
  • 12/13 Fri 1-4pm Set up hours
  • 12/13 Fri 5-8pm Christmas Presence
  • 12/15 Sun 1-4pm Christmas Presence
  • 12/15 Sun 4-6pm Clean up hours
  • 12/17 Tue Trading Post open during H2H hours
  • 12/19 Thu Trading Post open during H2H hours

How to Contribute


Our goal is to raise $3500 toward this event annually. This amount gives each family a generous allowance to spend while shopping. You may choose to donate online or send in payment to the Business Office at our south campus. If writing a check, please Pay to the Order of: First Community Church with “Christmas Presence” in the memo line.

Donate to the program

This event is run by a team of wonderful volunteers both at Heart to Heart and the Tri-Village Trading post. Individuals are needed both prior to and during the event. There are a variety of locations and roles to suit your schedule and abilities. Please click below to read more about the opportunities and to sign up online. If you’re interested in working in the Trading Post for this event, please contact Rebecca Wolfe.

Volunteer Sign Up