Peacemakers is holding its Fourth Annual Christmas Toy Store December 7 and 8. Last year, through the generosity of individuals and organizations in the Rocky Mount community and the tireless efforts of many volunteers, Peacemakers of Rocky Mount helped 400 families including more than 1,000 children. “Christmas is a tough time for many low-income families. Parents often lack the resources to provide gifts for their children. Most charitable organizations try to meet this need by adopting families for Christmas, and delivering wrapped presents to the home just before the holiday. A generous and well-intentioned approach, it can also have unintended consequences,” Peacemakers Executive Director Jesse Lewis said. “Instead, Peacemakers operates a Christmas Toy Store.” For this outreach, local churches, organizations, and individuals donate new, unwrapped toys to Peacemakers, with the price tags still attached. Peacemakers then reprices the items at 80 percent off the original price. Invitations are sent to local low-income families based on school social worker and local agency referrals, and those families may come shop at the Toy Store. “Our Toy Store features free wrapping stations so parents can wrap the gifts they purchase. They take pride in carefully selecting, purchasing and wrapping the gifts for their children,” Lewis said. The small amount of revenue collected goes directly back into other Peacemakers programming. Volunteers help reprice donations, set up and decorate the store, and will work as cashiers, greeters and shopping helpers, baking cookies and serving refreshments. Additionally, volunteers assist in the children’s craft room where young guests make special gifts for their parents. “Because of local contributions, Peacemakers helps address critical need, serving the South Rocky Mount community in many ways all year long,” Lewis said. “As an organization, we are dependent on the financial generosity of individuals and organizations in the Twin Counties. At this time, we are especially in need of new toys, and financial support.” For more information about the organization or year-end giving, please visit rockymountpeacemakers.org or call Jesse Lewis at 252.212.5044.