Spirit of Giving on Full Display at Mission Arlington’s Christmas Store

Mission Arlington’s annual Christmas Store is now open, helping families in need this holiday season at 400 W. South Street in Downtown.

The store first started in 1987 with one ball and one coat in Executive Director Tillie Burgin’s office. Today, it’s a fully operational Christmas Store, with hundreds of toys for kids and their families to choose from.

The store helps thousands of families find toys and gifts for their families each year.

When they enter the store, each person or family receives their own personal guide to navigate the store and help each family get the toys they need for their loved ones.

Several groups around the Metroplex and the country have donated toys to Mission Arlington.

While visiting the store, each family also hears the wonder of the Christmas story in seven different languages.

The Mission Arlington Christmas Store is still accepting donations from the community and will be open until Friday, December 23, 2016. Its doors are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays.

Volunteers are needed to help people shop, wrap gifts, play with children, stock toys, deliver Christmas trees, repair and deliver bicycles.

Residents can visit the organization’s website for more information and to learn how you can help touch the lives of people in Arlington this holiday season.

You can also read and watch Mission Arlington Executive Director Tillie Burgin’s American Dream story, where she talks about the importance of helping people in need.