ELKIN — In the spirit of the season Schewels Furniture is sponsoring a giving tree during the month of December.
A first time project for the store, the idea came from employee Charla Binkley.
“Christmas is for kids, and I just know there are too many out there that don’t get it,” Binkley said. Partnering with The ARK, the giving tree at Schewels will have cards for 10 children who are current or recent residents of the shelter.
The ARK provides housing for homeless families while working through an empowerment plan to help them become independent. According to Faith Mayberry, weekend manager for The ARK, the home also serves three meals per day, offers counseling services, and teaches life skills such as cooking and financial management.
Many businesses and individuals support The ARK throughout the year. “We need things for the house year round, but at the holidays it’s nice to give to the guests directly,” said Mayberry, explaining how receiving a kindness helps restore hope for people who have struggled so much.
“They have been very kind and done so much for our guests,” Mayberry said of Schewels Furniture.
The children range in age from 18 months to 13 years, and each child has two cards on the tree giving donors the option of choosing to provide clothing or other items. “There is nothing extravagant on the list,” said Binkley, naming items such as dolls, blocks, and toy cars.
Gifts need to be turned in before Dec. 22. “We are going to do the wrapping ourselves,” said Binkley, explaining that The ARK does not have resources for wrapping.
To participate in the giving tree, visit Schewels Furniture at 1785 North Bridge Street in Elkin from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Wednesday and Sunday when the store is closed.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.