Retail space at The Market Place filled by Children’s Holiday Shoppe, developer supports Children’s Home + Aid

From press release

The Children’s Holiday Shoppe returns to support MotherHouse Crisis Nursery, a program of Children’s Home + Aid. Thanks to the real estate developer SIDCOR in Lake Forest, Ill., this year’s Children’s Holiday Shoppe will be in “The Market Place” at 5846 E. State St., next to Lemstone Books and Old Time Pottery.

“Were it not for the generosity of SIDCOR/Real Estate, the Holiday Shoppe may not have been open this year,” staid Judith Loudin, regional development manager. This annual event is well recognized by the more than 1,700 children who attend and purchase gifts for their parents, relatives, siblings and friends. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 2, and running every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through Dec. 19, the Holiday Shoppe will give children an opportunity to shop for Christmas without their parents being present.

The event gives children the confidence and feeling of independence when they can shop for their friends and families on their own. Parents prepare a shopping list when they arrive and give the children a dollar amount to spend. Items are affordably priced from $1 to $6. Volunteers (or elves) escort the children and help them pick items for individuals on the children’s lists to ensure that they stay within budget, and each person on the list receives a gift. The children then wrap, tag and pay for their gifts. It’s hard to keep their purchases a secret when they return to their parents with bundles of surprises.

“This event is located in the perfect venue for the children’s shopping, with loads of parking and easy access. We expect this may be one of our best years ever,” said  Robin Carlson-Gothe, MotherHouse Crisis Nursery supervisor. “We are so grateful for the individuals and companies that are so very generously supporting our efforts to keep children safe.”

The Holiday Shoppe sponsors and partners have made a major difference in the opportunity for the event’s success. Some companies have helped by securing merchandise to be sold in the store, providing volunteers and with their financial support. This year’s goal is to raise $13,000 for MotherHouse Crisis Nursery.

MotherHouse Crisis Nursery provides free child care, resource referrals, parenting classes and in-home visits for families experiencing a crisis. Services are available 24/7 for children newborn to age 7. While children are in the care of the nursery, they receive hot meals, a clean, warm bed, specialized attention, clothing and a bath if necessary. A crisis may include being homeless, a medical emergency, domestic violence, home flooding or fire, or parental stress.

Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Each year it protects, educates and counsels more than 40,000 children, youth and families to improve their lives. Since 1883, Children’s Home + Aid has been a compassionate advocate helping to shape public policy in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Children’s Home + Aid is recognized for establishing best practices and achieving outstanding results through its programs and services that focus on child abuse prevention, healthy child development and strengthening families.

With headquarters in Rockford, the Northern Region of Children’s Home + Aid is devoted to serving the area’s most challenged communities. The Northern Region of Children’s Home + Aid provides services in many of the counties in northern Illinois, including Winnebago, Boone and DeKalb County. For more information, visit

From the Nov. 24-30, 2010 issue

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