GRAPEVINE – Park Place Lexus, the official Drive For Toys sponsor of the GRACE Christmas Cottage, recently hosted the kick-off party Nov. 9 for the 2017 toy drive collection. The GRACE Christmas Cottage provides gifts for local children in a store-like setting and is open for a full two weeks prior to Christmas.
GRACE stands for Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange. The community is invited to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the GRACE Christmas Cottage through Dec. 15 at the dealership at 901 Highway 114 East, or drop them off at GRACE Christmas Cottage, 3100 Timberline in Grapevine.
To offer monetary donations to the GRACE Christmas Holiday Fund, go to gracegrapevine.org.
The GRACE Christmas Cottage provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited incomes or recent emergencies. Each qualified family is given a voucher with a value based on the number of children in the family, allowing the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting; this approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents,while also preserving the family dignity.
More than 2,700 individuals and families are served at Christmas Cottage each holiday season.
“GRACE is a great partner,” stated Gary Venner, Park Place Lexus Grapevine general manager, in a press release. “We are very blessed, so we are pleased to help local families through our support of the GRACE Christmas Cottage. We want to make sure every child in our community has an unforgettable Christmas. The GRACE Toy Drive makes it easy to participate.”
Chop House Burgers provided the food for the kick-off party Seasonal cocktails were provided by Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Monkey Shoulder Whiskey and The Vineyard at Florence. DSQ Electric provided music.
Mark Woolverton, GRACE director of development; Shonda Schaefer, GRACE executive director; and Gary Venner, general manager, Park Place Lexus Grapevine