Are you looking for a way to spread some holiday cheer? It's time to start a new holiday tradition and bring joy to needy families this holiday season. There are several volunteer opportunities for businesses, students, and families with Christmas Wish. Here's what's involved and how to sign up.

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There's no better feeling than helping those in need this holiday season. Maybe you can't afford to adopt a family, drop off toys, or donate money. Because times are tough, it's understandable. If you've always wanted to be involved with the Christmas Wish program, there are other ways you can help. You can always devote time by volunteering and helping those less fortunate.

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We’ll once again be located at Towne Square North in Owensboro. In the former Shoe Stop location by Big Lots. Grand Opening Day will be on Monday, December 4th, 2023.

Thanks to the owners and stores at Towne Square North for their incredible generosity and commitment to supporting our mission.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER AT CHRISTMAS WISH?

1. You'll catch the true spirit of Christmas knowing you're putting smiles on children's faces on Christmas day.

While working at Christmas Wish, you're helping families in need during the holiday season. You'll read the wish letters, hear about their needs, cry a little, and walk away knowing you've made a difference in somebody's life.

2. Become an elf in Santa's workshop.

Christmas Wish recruits volunteers from all across the region. Volunteering in Santa's Workshop could be a perfect opportunity for families or businesses. You'll read the wish letters and grant wishes. You'll "shop" from the hundreds of toys in Santa's Workshop. It's fun and rewarding.

3. Teach life lessons.

Does your child get everything they ask for during Christmas? Do they get a hot Christmas meal? By helping Christmas Wish with your family, you can teach your children about giving back. It may just change their lives.

HOW TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER?

We always need volunteers every season at Christmas Wish, but you may not know that each year we also have days or nights set aside for families/businesses (15 or more people) to come and help at Christmas Wish. Some will bring pizza and make it a fun outing. Business employees volunteer to bond. Everyone who volunteers wants to give back. Your efforts give over 5000 children an amazing Christmas morning.

If you have a business or family that would like to reserve a spot, we'd love to have you. Email Barb Birgy at christmaswish@wbkr.com to inquire about open days/times to volunteer. Christmas Wish is a magical place to volunteer, and we can't wait to meet you there!

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Below are the top toys that have been requested so far. Because we know what we've purchased throughout the year, I've added a note to let you know which items we are low on and need the most. Last year we handed out over 50,000 toys, hundreds of winter jackets, gloves/mittens, and hundreds of diapers to put it all in perspective.

MOST POPULAR TOYS ON KIDS' WISH LISTS THIS SEASON

ARTS & CRAFTS -  (HOT)
AXE SETS/ADIDAS SETS FOR TEENS - (HOT)
BIGGER BABY DOLLS - (HOT)
BARBIES - (HOT)
BASKETBALLS
BIKES (ANY SIZE) - (HOT)
BLANKETS
BLUEY - (HOT)
BOARD GAMES - (HOT)
COCOMELON
DINOSAURS - (HOT)
EARBUDS
FOOTBALLS
FORTNITE - (HOT)
HEADPHONES & GAMING HEADPHONES
HOT WHEELS - (HOT)
LEARNING TOYS - (HOT)
LEGOS - (HOT)
LOL SURPRISE
MICKEY
MINECRAFT
MINNIE
MY LIFE DOLLS - (HOT)
NERF GUNS - (HOT)
NINTENDO GAMES
PAW PATROL - (HOT)
PJ MASK
POKEMON
PS4 GAMES
REMOTE CONTROL VEHICLES - (HOT)
ROBLOX
SCOOTERS
SENSORY TOYS
SKATEBOARDS
SPIDERMAN
SPORTS BACKPACKS
SQUISHMELLOWS
TEEN ROOM DÉCOR
TRAINS
UNICORNS
XBOX GAMES - (HOT)

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HOW TO DONATE TO CHRISTMAS WISH?

Why give to Christmas Wish? The program runs from around $500 to $800 annually. Everyone volunteers their time. We get the space, signage, etc. all donated. Restaurants feed the volunteers each day during the season. Your donations go to children who need it the most!

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CHRISTMAS WISH MISSION

Since 1976 Christmas Wish has been “MAKING SURE EVERY CHILD IN THE TRI-STATE GETS A VISIT FROM SANTA”. You can make a huge difference in the lives of others and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by giving back to those in need this holiday season.

**Note- for any questions related to Christmas Wish, please inquire via email ONLY at Christmaswish@wbkr.com.

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