Prospect Presbyterian Church invites all community children ages pre-school to grade 5 to the annual Secret Shoppe to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Now in its 22nd year, the popular event is a time when children can surprise family members and friends by buying their holiday presents with the assistance of teenage and adult “elves” who help the children choose and pay for gifts, and make certain they’re gift wrapped.
Parents fill out forms upon arrival so the elves can assist the children with their gift selections and budget. The presents are priced from $2 to $8 and include toys, jewelry, gadgets, crafts, and decorative gifts.
“What amazes and energizes me about the Secret Shoppe year after year is the community outreach and opportunity it provides,” said Cindy Thompson, one of the Secret Shoppe organizers. “Last year, we had over 80 Girl Scout volunteers helping our little shoppers with their purchases. In the past, Boy Scout troops have helped also.”
“The children we welcome are a delight to behold,” she added. “Watching their eyes light up as they choose their presents is a gift to us.”
Secret Shoppe is sponsored by the Prospect Presbyterian Women. Parents are invited to enjoy light refreshments and fellowship while their children are shopping.
Prospect Presbyterian Church is located at 646 Prospect Street, Maplewood.