Store offers a hand up to families

Tami McGreevy’s heart fills with happiness when someone who has benefitted from the Christmas Store returns a few years later — not as a recipient — but as a volunteer. Or makes a donation to help continue the program that has helped deliver Christmas to Ellsworth County children for 18 years.

For McGreevy, such experiences prove the store’s mission of “giving a hand up, not a hand out.”

“It’s really special when that happens,” she said.

The program, which purchases holiday gifts for children whose parents can’t otherwise afford them, helped about 30 kids in Ellsworth its first year. In 2017, the number had grown to 208 and spread across Ellsworth County.

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