From Prospect Presbyterian Church:
Prospect Presbyterian Church’s Secret Shoppe, now in its 21st year, will be open to all children aged preschool-to-fifth grade from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
Children can buy presents for family members or friends with the assistance of teenage and adult “elves” who help them choose the presents, pay for them and make certain they’re gift wrapped to keep them a surprise.
“To me, there’s nothing better than to see a child’s face light up when he or she chooses a gift and says this is the most perfect gift for my mom—or dad,” said Cindy Thompson, one of the event organizers. “Our gifts are inexpensive but likely to be the most valuable ones they will receive.”
Parents fill out forms upon arrival for the elves to help the children with their gift selections and budget. The gifts are priced from $2 to $9 and include toys, jewelry, gadgets, crafts, decorative gifts and more.
“Our shoppers are too young to hop in the car and take themselves mall shopping, so we offer them a chance to shop independently and surprise everyone on their list,” said Tracey George, also a Secret Shoppe organizer. “I do it every year because there’s no other feeling like it – just to see these kids from all walks of life, all religious backgrounds, coming to shop for their loved ones is very special.”
Secret Shoppe is sponsored by the Prospect Presbyterian Women and while children shop, parents can enjoy light refreshments and fellowship in the church’s Burnett Room. Adults also can shop for gifts from Prospect’s Tiffany Boutique Shop. Those items range from bric-a-brac to clothing to holiday decorations.
Prospect Presbyterian Church is located at 646 Prospect Street, Maplewood.