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Christmas Store

Store Date: Sat, Dec 15

Gift drop-off deadline: Thu, Dec 13

Breakthrough utilizes a newer model of gift-giving at its annual Christmas Store. Instead of pre-selecting gifts for families, Breakthrough asks donors like you to help us with a gift drive. Community members and homeless guests are then invited to shop for gifts for their families and purchase them at a greatly reduced price. This empowers parents, grandparents and caregivers to be part of the gift-giving process, and is a dignifying and practical way for shoppers to provide for loved ones themselves.

You are invited to bring the spirit of Christmas to the community of East Garfield Park. We need about 5,000 gifts each year for our 500 shoppers.  We need you to help us reach our goal.

Gifts to Collect: 5,000        Families Served: 1,000        


• Organize a gift drive with your church, office, friends, and family
• Host a holiday party and have guests bring Wish List gifts
• Plan a shopping trip with your group

Our Wish List & Flier >

Shop our Amazon Wish List >


Please deliver unwrapped gifts, plus gift-wrapping supplies, to:

Breakthrough FamilyPlex
C/O Breakthrough's Christmas Store
3219 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

M-F 7am-8:30pm | SAT 9am-2pm
*Gifts scheduled to be delivered on the weekends will be rescheduled for the next business day, due to our hours of operation at the FamilyPlex.


For questions and to register your gift drive or learn about hosting a party, email Ann Healing at or call (773) 346-1772.