Affordable Christmas is a dignified way to help families in need provide a joyful Christmas for their children.
All across our town, families are experiencing anxiety rather than joy this Christmas. Almost a quarter of Columbia residents are already living below the poverty line, and things like medical emergencies, incarceration and job loss can financially devastate even middle-class households. For many of our neighbors, Christmas is just one more item on the list of things they cannot afford. This reality is particularly devastating for those who are raising children.
For the third year, Karis Church will be hosting our annual Affordable Christmas event. On Saturday, December 8th, a number of families facing financial challenges will shop at our Affordable Christmas store, where they can purchase high-quality Christmas gifts for their families at deep discounts. We hope that this makes Christmas more affordable for those in need, without compromising the dignity of those accepting help.
How can you help?
You can donate money to purchase gifts for family by going to karischurch.givingfire.com and selecting the Affordable Christmas fund.
If you prefer, you can purchase new toys and bring them to either gathering at Karis Church. You may consider selecting a toy off of our Affordable Christmas Amazon wishlist.
You can also support our program by signing up to play Disc Golf at the Annual CoMo Fall Premier Tournament. Proceeds from this tournament go to purchasing gifts for our Affordable Christmas shoppers.
Volunteers are the backbone of our event, and we are always in need of more volunteers on shopping day. Are you enthusiastic, welcoming and interested in personally serving our shoppers? Then we would love to have you on our team! You can sign up to serve as a volunteer here. Once you have indicated a willingness to serve and selected team preferences, an Affordable Christmas leader will contact you with your assignment and volunteer instructions for the event. You do not need to be a member of Karis Church to serve at Affordable Christmas, and we welcome those from other churches who may want to serve alongside us.
If you have additional questions about Affordable Christmas, please contact the Director of Affordable Christmas.
Join us in praying for our families who will be participating and our volunteers.