Children get what they want for Christmas and the price is unbeatable at the United Methodist Church for All People Christmas Shop.

The church still is accepting gift donations for its Christmas Shop, which allows parents to choose free presents for their children.

Donations from the community allow the church to serve 500 children ages 12 and younger, said Dessaree Watters, director of the church's Free Store.

"Everybody gets something," Watters said, "so if someone doesn't get a toy, they get a free gift card."

Shopping at store will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22.

The deadline for parents to submit a wish list for their children was Nov. 27.

Donors can view the list and make detailed purchases for the Christmas Shop to fulfill a child's wish.

Toy donations can be made at the church, 946 Parsons Ave., and cash donations may be made online at

"Keep it coming," Watters said of the gift donations.

Popular gift requests include board games, Lego sets, skateboards and headphones. Rattles, musical toys and building blocks commonly are requested for toddlers.

All donations must be new items. Toys must come in their original packages and clothes must have price tags, Watters said.

She said a generous donor has pledged 1,000 new books and the shop is well on its way to providing 60 bicycles.

Parents use individual cards to select presents for each of their children. A gift-wrapping station will be available on shopping day.

Hats, scarves and gloves will be available to all, as will stuffed animals, Watters said.

"What we don't give ends up going to the Free Store," she said.

The Rev. Jim Donnan, pastor at Livingston United Methodist Church in German Village, said his church has been collecting and donating toys since the Christmas Shop was founded.

"We've been involved with this ministry from the very beginning," Donnan said.

"It helps us to give back to the community to those folks who have too much month at the end of the money.

"They don't have enough money to provide a warm and loving Christmas for their loved ones and we help them do that," he said.