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Christmas Store 2020

Breakthrough is adjusting the 2020 Christmas Store due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the safety of the staff, volunteers, and shoppers is our number one priority. This year, the Christmas Store will be held over two days (instead of one) to increase social distancing. We will have a limited number of people in the building, temperature checks, a required check-in, your mask must be worn while inside the building and we will maintain social distancing. Each shopper will have a designated shopping slot and we will increase cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day. Breakthrough staff will be on-site to encourage all staff, volunteers, and shoppers to follow these guidelines to ensure the safety of all. 

Store Dates: Sat, Dec 19 Sun, Dec 20

Gift drop-off deadline: Wed, Dec 16

The Breakthrough Christmas Store provides families in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood, as well as participants in Breakthrough’s programs, a dignified way to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Our Christmas Store provides an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to be part of the gift-giving process. Through generous donations, those who shop in our store are able to purchase new items at a fraction of the cost through our “Breakthrough Bucks” program.

You are invited to bring the spirit of Christmas to the community of East Garfield Park. We need about 5,000 gifts each year for our 500 shoppers.  We need you to help us reach our goal.

GIFTS TO COLLECT: 5,000

FAMILIES SERVED: 500+

GET INVOLVED

• Organize a gift drive with your church, office, friends, and family
• Purchase and donate gifts from our Target Wish List

Donate Wish List Flyer Target Wish List

DROP-OFF LOCATION

Please deliver unwrapped gifts, plus gift-wrapping supplies, to:

Breakthrough FamilyPlex
C/O Breakthrough's Christmas Store
3219 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

M-F 7am-8:30pm | SAT 9am-2pm
*Gifts scheduled to be delivered on the weekends will be rescheduled for the next business day, due to our hours of operation at the FamilyPlex.

SHOPPER REGISTRATION SIGN-UPS

  • For families in the BYN program: November 19-December 11 or until spots fill up, from 8-10 a.m. or 4-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sign up at the front desk of the FamilyPlex (closed Sundays and on Thanksgiving).
  • For Fresh Market shoppers: Sign up on Tuesday (2-4 p.m.), Thursday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and Saturday (10 a.m. to noon) when the Fresh Market is open, starting Thursday, November 19, until spots fill up. Please note there will be no sign ups on Thursday, November 26.
  • For those connected to CP4P: Contact Henry Johnson at hjohnson@breakthrough.org or (773) 346-1720 for registration information.

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Christmas Store 2019

Store Date: Sat, Dec 14

Gift drop-off deadline: Thu, Dec 12

The Breakthrough Christmas Store provides families in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood, as well as participants in Breakthrough’s programs, a dignified way to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Our Christmas Store provides an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to be part of the gift-giving process. Through generous donations, those who shop in our store are able to purchase new items at a fraction of the cost through our “Breakthrough Bucks” program.

You are invited to bring the spirit of Christmas to the community of East Garfield Park. We need about 5,000 gifts each year for our 500 shoppers.  We need you to help us reach our goal.

GIFTS TO COLLECT: 5,000

FAMILIES SERVED: 500+

GET INVOLVED

• Organize a gift drive with your church, office, friends, and family
• Host a holiday party and have guests bring Wish List gifts
• Plan a shopping trip with your group

Wish List Flyer Amazon Wish List

SIGN UP TIMES

  • For participants and families in our BYN Program:
    - Beginners parents registration - November 19th-29th from 8am-10am
    - NBSAP parents registration - November 19th-29th from 4-6:30pm
    Sign up at the front desk of the FamilyPlex (not open on Sundays or Thanksgiving)
  • For Fresh Market Shoppers: Sign ups are Tuesdays (2-4pm), Thursdays (10am-2pm), and Saturdays (10am-Noon) when the Market is open starting Tuesday, November 12th ending December 7th but please note there will be no signups the week of the 25th.
  • For Community members living in 60624 and 60612: Monday, December 2nd – until the slots fill up. Sign up at the front desk of the FamilyPlex 8am-6:30pm (not open on Sundays). To sign up for a shopping appointment, you need to come in person and with ID.

DROP-OFF LOCATION

Please deliver unwrapped gifts, plus gift-wrapping supplies, to:

Breakthrough FamilyPlex
C/O Breakthrough's Christmas Store
3219 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

M-F 7am-8:30pm | SAT 9am-2pm
*Gifts scheduled to be delivered on the weekends will be rescheduled for the next business day, due to our hours of operation at the FamilyPlex.


Boy making crafts at the Breakthrough Christmas Store

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boy making crafts at the Breakthrough Christmas Store

Breakthrough Christmas Store

For many people, Christmas is a time to spend with family, creating cherished memories and exchanging gifts. However, not everyone has the means to enjoy the gift giving experience.

Since 2003, the Breakthrough Christmas Store has provided families in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood, as well as participants in Breakthrough’s programs, a dignified way to purchase gifts for their loved ones at a fraction of the cost. Items like Lego sets, barbie doll houses, and video games are available for up to 90 percent off the retail price.

From the start of the holiday season, Breakthrough asks its network of volunteers, supporters, and donors to help with a gift drive, purchasing gifts to help us stock this unique store. Members of the community are then invited to shop for gifts for their families and join in spreading holiday joy in East Garfield Park.

The 2018 Christmas Store set new highs for donated gifts received and families served! We would not be able to walk alongside our community without such passionate support.

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We are also thankful for the coverage of local news publications and stations. Here are some great stories told about the store this year:

If you would like to get more information or want to get involved with the next Christmas Store, please reach Volunteer Engagement Director Ann Healing at ahealing@breakthrough.org.


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Christmas Store 2018

Store Date: Sat, Dec 15

Gift drop-off deadline: Thu, Dec 13

Each year, the Breakthrough Christmas Store provides families in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood, as well as participants in Breakthrough’s programs, a dignified way to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Breakthrough asks volunteers, friends, and donors like you to help us with a gift drive, or by individually purchasing gifts to help us stock this unique store. Participants in Breakthrough’s program and families from East Garfield park are then invited to shop for gifts for their families and  purchase them at fraction of the cost or by using “Breakthrough Bucks”.

You are invited to bring the spirit of Christmas to the community of East Garfield Park. We need about 5,000 gifts each year for our 500 shoppers.  We need you to help us reach our goal.

GIFTS TO COLLECT: 5,000        FAMILIES SERVED: 1,000

GET INVOLVED

• Organize a gift drive with your church, office, friends, and family
• Host a holiday party and have guests bring Wish List gifts
• Plan a shopping trip with your group

Wish List Flyer

Shop Our Amazon Wish List

SIGN UP TIMES

  • For participants and families in our BYN Program: November 26th-December 7th, from 8am-6:30pm.  Sign up at the front desk of the FamilyPlex
  • For Fresh Market Shoppers: Sign ups are Thursdays and Saturdays when the Market is open starting Thursday, November 29th, ending Saturday, December 8th

DROP-OFF LOCATION

Please deliver unwrapped gifts, plus gift-wrapping supplies, to:

Breakthrough FamilyPlex
C/O Breakthrough's Christmas Store
3219 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

M-F 7am-8:30pm | SAT 9am-2pm
*Gifts scheduled to be delivered on the weekends will be rescheduled for the next business day, due to our hours of operation at the FamilyPlex.


children making crafts and Wilonda Cannon on Fox 32 feature of Breakthrough Christmas Store

Christmas Store Helps Chicagoans

Breakthrough is collecting 5,000 gifts for East Garfield Park families.


WGN interviewing staff member at Breakthrough FamilyPlex

Christmas Store Needs Donations

For 15 years, the Breakthrough Christmas Store has given families the chance to buy quality Christmas gifts.


Wilonda Cannon standing in front of shelves for Christmas Store gift drive

Group Aims to Gather 5K Gifts For Families This Christmas

Breakthrough gathers 5,000 Christmas gifts for families in East Garfield Park.