The Christmas Store

25th Year of the Christmas Store: Saturday, Dec. 6!CS12shopperhelper

The Christmas Store provides the opportunity for Moms and Dads to purchase brand new toys at about 25% of the retail cost. The atmosphere of the store affirms and supports the parents' efforts to provide for their families. As an invitation-only event, parents are invited to participate by churches and ministries who partner with MHM in serving the poor in Denver's inner city. Dignity is as much a product of the store as the toys.

Support the Christmas Store by donating now to help underwrite the cost of providing these discounted toys. $50 buys one child's Christmas toys and $100 buys toys for a family with 2 kids.

More than 30 churches and urban ministries from a wide variety of denominations and traditions collaborate to make this unique program happen each year. These groups invite shoppers from their communities, as well as providing funding and volunteers to staff the event. There are more than 150 volunteers who help make the Christmas Store possible each year. For information about signing up to volunteer the day of the store, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last year parents of approximately 950 children bought gifts at Mile High Ministries' downtown location.  

A donation to the Christmas Store is…
    ...a gift of dignity for more than 400 needy families.
    ...brand new presents from Mom and Dad. atmosphere of Christ’s love. outreach for ministries and organizations working with needy families.
    ...a place to talk about the true meaning of Christmas.
    ...a reminder of God’s blessings in our lives.

CHRISTMAS AGAIN — From the book Theirs is the Kingdom, by Robert Lupton

“Christmas again. Damn!” His words are barely audible but his wife knows his feelings well. She sees the hurt come into his eyes when the kids come home from school talking about what they want for Christmas. It is the same expression she sees on the faces of other unemployed fathers around the housing project.

She knows this year will be no different from the last. All her husband’s hustle, his day-labor jobs, his pick-up work will not be enough to put presents under a tree. They will do well to keep the heat on. His confident, promising deceptions allow the children the luxury of their dreams a while longer. She will cover for him again because she knows he is a good man. His lies are his wishes, his flawed attempts to let his children know what the older ones know but never admit: the gifts are not from Daddy. He will not go with her to stand in the “free toy” lines with all the others. He cannot bring himself to do it. It is too stark a reminder of his own impotence.

And if their home is blessed again this year with a visit from a Christian family bearing food and beautifully wrapped presents for the kids, he will stay in the bedroom until they are gone. He will leave the smiling and the graciousness to his wife. His joy for the children will be genuine. But so is the heavy ache in his stomach as his image of himself as a provider is dealt another blow. Christmas. That wonderful, awful time when giving hearts glow warm and bright while fading embers of a poor man’s pride are doused black.