Community Bank to Collect Donations for Bethel New Life

Community Bank is collecting donations for the Bethel New Life Christmas Store. The gifts will then go to families in need on the West Side of Chicago. Bethel New Life is a nonprofit organization located at 4950 W. Thomas in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

All donated gifts must be new and should not be wrapped. The most popular donations last year were electronic and educational games for toddlers, toys, African American Barbie dolls, board games, winter gear for all ages and genders, bed sheets, bath and body products, housewares, Walmart gift cards and books. 

The Bethel New Life Christmas Store provides an opportunity for families in the West Side neighborhood of Austin to purchase Christmas gifts with dignity. Donated gifts are sold at the Christmas Store for an affordable price: $1, $5, or $10, roughly 75% below retail price. Families purchase gifts with their own money, or frequently use “Bethel Bucks” which they collect through attending special training and financial literacy courses at Bethel New Life throughout the year. The impact comes full circle as proceeds then enable Bethel to support their childhood education program for families in need on the West Side of Chicago. The mission of Bethel is to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build neighborhoods through community-drive, solution-oriented, and value-centered approaches. Since 2010, more than 2500 families have participated in the Bethel Christmas Store. More information about Bethel New Life is available on their website at www.bethelnewlife.org.

What Do Bethel Families Want For Christmas This Year?

Families on the West Side are like families all over the Chicagoland area. Children and adults are aware of all the same toys, gadgets and entertainment opportunities that everyone has. You probably have a good idea about what items are hot. This list below is just a way to make giving easy and fun. 

Wish List for Children 

  • Games And Toys
    • Books
    • Musical Toys
    • Wooden Blocks and Legos
  • Sporting and Outdoor Equipment
    • Basketballs
    • Footballs
    • Bikes
    • Scooters
    • Skateboards
    • Radio Flyer Red Wagon
  • Family Games
    • Board Games
    • Puzzles
  • Dolls
    • Barbie
    • Doll Houses
    • Dora the Explorer
    • Baby Alive
    • Baby Dolls
    • Disney Princesses
  • Wrestling Action Figures and Accessories
    • Batman
    • Superman Action Figures
    • Thomas The Train 
  • Miniatures and Remote Controls Toys
    • Cars/Trucks
    • Remote Control Cars/Trains/Planes
    • Tea Party Sets
    • Play Dishes
  • Infant Toys
  • Electronics and Gadgets
    • e-Readers
    • Handheld Games
    • Video Game Cartridges
  • Arts and Crafts Supplies
    • Paint Sets, Marker and Crayon Sets
    • Children's Art Sets
    • Model Kits (Cars, Airplanes, Boats)
    • Bead/Jewelry Sets
    • Color-By-Number
    • Color Yourself Posters
  • Children's Clothing
    • Winter Coats
    • Hates
    • Gloves
    • Scarves
    • Boots
    • Baby Bibs
    • Baby Blankets
  • Gifts For Teens
    • Movie Passes: AMC, Showplace, Classic Cinemas, Portage Theatre
    • ICE Gift Cards
    • ITunes Gift Cards
    • Target/Walmart Gift Cards

 Gifts for Adults 

  • Bedding
    • Sheets
    • Comforters
    • Bed In A Bag (Twin/Full/Queen)
    • Blankets
  • Winter Gear
    • Coats For Adults
    • Hats
    • Gloves
    • Scarves
  • House Wares
    • Pots and Pans
    • Kitchen Utensils
    • Dishes
    • Silverware
    • Hot Mitts
    • Kitchen Towels
  • Home Repair
    • Tools: Hammer/Screw Drivers/Wrenches
    • Tool Sets
    • Drills, Drill Bits
    • Work Gloves
    • Tool Boxes
  • Home Electronics
    • Toasters
    • Crockpots
    • Blenders
    • Coffee Makers
    • Microwaves
    • Radios/CD/DVD Players
    • Televisions
    • Floor Fans
    • Box Fans
    • Alarm Clocks
    • Wall Clocks
  • Home Décor
    • Paintings, Posters
    • Vases
    • Flower Arrangements
    • Lamps
    • Floor Lamps
    • Light Bulbs
    • Throw Rugs
    • Bathroom Vanity Sets
    • Mirrors
    • Furniture Throws
    • Towels

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