The Christmas Shop

For over 50 years, Kingdom House has celebrated the generous spirit of the holiday season through the Christmas Shop. Serving an average of 400 families each year, the Shop provides carefully curated household and clothing items, as well as age-appropriate toys. Our aim is to strengthen families while connecting them with the generous gifts of our donors. The Christmas Shop is a complement to the holistic programming provided at Kingdom House, empowering individuals and families toward economic mobility.

This year’s Christmas Shop will be held from December 2 – 9 (participant shopping from December 5 – 8).

Location & Parking

The Christmas Shop will be held at the 12th & Park Recreation Center, located at 1410 S. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104. We ask that volunteers please park at Kingdom House, located one block away at 1321 S. 11th Street, as the Recreation Center parking lot will be reserved for Kingdom House participants while they shop. Download a parking map.


We are able to run a smooth and successful Christmas Shop thanks to the efforts of volunteers. We greatly appreciate the help we receive! We have many volunteer opportunities available for this year’s Shop, for all ages, for both individuals and groups. Opportunities include: setting up, personal shopping (bilingual a plus!), organizing, greeting participants and volunteers, packing up.

Please click the button below to view the shifts and to sign up. When you volunteer at the Christmas Shop, you will bring joy to the families we serve!

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If you are interested in donating gifts for the Shop, please view our suggested donations list below. Download a suggested donations list. All items must be new and unwrapped. Donations can be dropped off at Kingdom House through December 2, or at 12th & Park Recreation Center on December 4 and 5. (We gratefully accept donations year-round.)

Most Needed Items
gift cards (Target, Walmart, K-Mart, Redbox, Amazon, Family Dollar, etc.)
gas cards
metro passes
space heaters
jeans – all sizes (plus)

Household Items
sheet sets
pots and pans
dish sets
flatware sets
toaster ovens
kitchen electronics

Gifts for Teens
MP3 Players
video games
wireless headphones
card games
gift cards
jewelry & beaded bracelets
hair styling (straight iron, curling iron, blow-dryer)
cologne (Axe)
perfume (Bath & Body)
fingernail design items
long john sets
cozy socks
scarf/glove/hat sets
knit caps
zipped jackets
hooded sweatshirts

Gifts for Children
toys (ages 2-12)
action figures/superheroes
African-American dolls
Hispanic/Latino dolls
doll accessories
educational games
remote control trucks, trains, cars
sports equipment
imaginative play items
toy musical instruments
Doc McStuffins & Frozen

Coats and heavy jackets
infant clothing (not newborn)
children clothing
adult clothing

Contact Us

Volunteers:  Julie Strassman, or (314) 627-9826

Donations:  Jennifer Weston, or (314) 627-1225

Participants:  Emily Stuart, or (314) 627-6380