Wesley Urban Ministries will once again be operating their annual Christmas Store out of the Housing Help Centre at 210 Napier Street. Last year the program served almost 5,200 individuals and the need is only increasing.
If you know anyone who could benefit from the program please note the following information:
In order to qualify the person needs to be a resident of The City of Hamilton, provide proof of residence, and be below the low income cut-off for the 2010 income tax return.
To register it is necessary to bring a piece of ID for each person in their family. Registration cannot proceed without it. Once the paperwork is complete an appointment will be booked to “shop” at the Christmas Store at a later date.
Offsite registration is available from Monday, November 28th through to Friday, December 2nd at the old Beasley Community Centre at 27 Elgin Street from 10 am to 2. Registration will commence at 210 Napier beginning Saturday, December 10th and continue until December 17th (see below for specific dates and times).
Please note, even though registeration does not begin until December 10th at the Napier address, activity has already begun at the site and will continue until December 21st (the actual store will be open from Dec 8-21st).
Monday, November 21 to Friday, December 2 – Old Beasley Community Centre – 27 Elgin Street – 10 am to 2 pm (Mon to Fri)
Saturday, December 10 – 210 Napier Street – 9 to 11:30 am
Monday, December 12 – 210 Napier Street – 3:30 to 6 pm
Saturday, December 17 – 210 Napier Street – 9 to 11:30 am
Last Minute Shopping:
Clients who have not previously registered at a program in the city can register and shop the same day – quantities/quality may be limited so people are encouraged to register ahead of time.
Tuesday, December 20 – 9 to 11:30 am; 12:30 to 3 pm
Wednesday, December 21 – 9 to 12 noon
One last note, Wesley recognizes the additional pressure the operation of the Christmas store has on the traffic and parking in our neighbourhood. They are currently working out details for a transportation plan to alleviate some of the added congestion on our local streets. We ask that you please be patient with the organization and its clients as Wesley strives to bring some joy into the lives of so many Hamiltonians struggling to enjoy the season.