Christmas Shop in Watertown to Open October 28

Volunteers still needed for Bethesda's Christmas Shop!

There are still nearly 5,000 square feet of Christmas item donations waiting to be sorted before opening day of Bethesda's Christmas Shop in Watertown, Wisconsin, on October 28.

Volunteers are still needed to ensure people with disabilities have an opportunity for hands-on work experience and share Bethesda’s Christian roots with the community this holiday season.

The goal of the Christmas Shop and Donations Processing Center is to give high school students with disabilities job skills in a retail environment that they can use and develop for the rest of their lives. Volunteers will work alongside the students to bring people of all abilities together in celebration of the holidays.

“We’re excited about our Christmas Shop because it is an opportunity to provide inclusive and meaningful employment for people with disabilities,” said Jack Vater, Corporate Director of Bethesda Enterprises. “It fulfills our mission to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.”

The Christmas Shop, located in the historic Schempf Building in downtown Watertown at 209 E. Main Street, needs volunteers to design floral arrangements, stock shelves and assist customers. Volunteers are needed to sort gently used, donated Christmas items at the Processing Center, located on Bethesda’s Watertown Campus at 700 Hoffman Dr., until Dec. 2.

Bethesda is also operating two other Christmas Shops this holiday season in Wisconsin, one is in Horicon and the other is in Wisconsin Rapids. Those interested in volunteering or donating gently-used Christmas items can contact Cindy Wuestenberg, Retail Operations Coordinator, at Cindy.Wuestenberg@mailblc.org or 920-206-4436.

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