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Christmas Store 2013: Saturday, Dec. 14

The Breakthrough Christmas Store provides families in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood, as well as Breakthrough's homeless guests, a dignified way to purchase gifts for their loved ones.

How We Are Different
The Breakthrough Christmas Store empowers 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 discounted rate, or through our "Breakthrough Bucks" program. Proceeds will benefit Breakthrough programming and will help serve the 966 adults, 612 children and 1,100 families impacted by Breakthrough each year.

Gift Wish List
• Underwear, socks and slippers
• Winter coats and boots
• Hats, gloves, scarves
• Foot and hand wamers

• Toys, games, Play-Doh sets, Legos
• Nerf basketball hoops
• Children’s movies
• Electronics: mp3 players and iPods
• Sports balls and equipment

Click on the link below to download the complete Wish List:


You can also check out our Amazon Wish List.

Get Involved
Gather your church friends, groups, office colleagues and family to collect new toys, games, personal items and gift-wrapping supplies. There are many ways you can help:
• Organize a gift drive at your church or office
• Host a holiday party and have guests bring Wish List gifts
• Plan a shopping trip with your group
• Shop online using the list at (coming soon)

Help us plan well by registering your gift drive here:

Christas Store Gift Drive Registration


Drop-Off Location
Please deliver unwrapped gifts, plus tape, scissors, gift tags, Sharpies, ribbons and wrapping paper to:

Breakthrough Ministry Center
402 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
Drop-off hours: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Deadline: Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013

Please contact Gretchen Schmidt, Director of Volunteer Engagement,, 773.346.1705