5 years ago, a close friend of mine had a vision. It was a vision she had already experienced in Nashville, Tennessee. Now she wanted to see this vision happen in Columbus, Ohio. She followed her heart and over the last four years, hundreds of men, women and children have had presents on Christmas morning to unwrap. Each present was purchased with money from someone in the family. Each present picked out specifically for each family member.
Friends…welcome to “THE MANGER“.
The vision of THE MANGER is that adults that are going through a tough time financially will still be able to provide Christmas for their family. Each member of the family will receive three gifts. Total cost to the adult is $2 per person in their household they are buying for. So, for example, a family of 5 will have 15 gifts for a total of $10. The individual has a sense of pride in providing Christmas gifts while only experiencing a minimal cost. The gifts are new, in a box and well above the price paid. They are also wrapped by hand before the family even leaves the Manger. It is beautiful. The Columbus Dispatch heard about THE MANGER a few years ago and featured an article (Found HERE).
This year they anticipate they will need more than 4500 gifts. Remarkable.
I’m so proud of my friend for following her passion, her heart and her vision. THE MANGER’s new location in the Polaris area! CenterPoint Church Lewis Center campus has graciously offered to host this week long event, which will be more convenient for Delaware and East-side families. They’ll be open the week of December 16th from 6:30-8:30 pm and Sat. December 21st from 9:00am-Noon.
You can donate to THE MANGER (HERE)
You can volunteer to serve at THE MANGER (HERE)
You can get all of the latest news and developments at THE MANGER’s facebook page (HERE).
My family and I look forward to this event each year. My girls love wrapping packages for the shoppers. The rest of us usually help shoppers or wherever else they can use us. Consider supporting my friend Robin and this vision that makes a difference for all involved.