'Miracle on Broadway' allows people to shop for Christmas with no money
Wayside Christian Mission's annual Miracle on Broadway looks just like a local mall on the inside. There are shelves and tables are stocked with toys and clothing. And everything is free for needy families.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a store where everything is free.
Wayside Christian Mission's Miracle on Broadway at the homeless shelter's Hotel Louisville at 2nd and Broadway looks a lot like a local mall on the inside. There are shelves and tables are stocked with toys and clothing. And everything is free for needy families.
Takeisha Williams has a 7 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. With Dec. 25 just around the corner, she was worried there would be nothing under the tree on Christmas Day this year.
"I was worried that I didn't have enough money to get them anything for Christmas," Williams said.
Thanks to a last minute miracle, there will be Christmas presents at the Williams home.
"I got them a couple of toys," Williams said. "I got them hats and scarves, crayons, coloring books, teddy bears, everything they needed for Christmas,"
"We have set up a free store where they come and they shop and they get toys and clothing, stuffed animals, and stocking stuffers," said Wayside Chief Operating Officer Nina Moseley.
Wayside opens the store every year, but instead of just handing out gifts, parents are allowed to come in and pick their own items.
"Even though they may not be able to afford anything, they still need that opportunity to be able to shop for their children for Christmas," Moseley said.
Families in need applied for help in November, but if you missed the deadline, there's still hope.
"Folks who did not apply in November and who may find that they now need things can come Christmas Eve morning at 9 a.m.," Moseley said.
Williams says Christmas is all about the kids, but this year she's actually the one who can't wait until Christmas morning.
"I am going to be so excited for them to open up them gifts," Williams said. "I'm going to be like a kid at Christmas again."
After shopping for the children, every family leaves with a bag of food.
Meanwhile, Wayside doesn't want to turn anyone away, so the shelter still needs a little help.
"What we really need to finish the store this year are teenage gifts," Moseley said, "and that can be basketballs, cologne, purses, anything that a teenager would like."
You can drop off donations at Wayside's Hotel Louisville located at 2nd and Broadway.
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