For all those parents who have ever had to turn the other way while their child picked out a gift for them, or for those would like to be able to give just one more little gift if their budget would only allow it, a special event at The Bridge Saturday could be just the ticket.
The Church of Christ and The Bridge will host "Christmas at the Bridge" Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Marsha Halbach is one of the organizers. As a new member of the community - her husband is the new minister at the Webster City Church of Christ - she said she didn't know what the community did as traditional Christmas events. A friend suggested doing this type of event for the church.
Marsha Halbach sorts through the dozens and dozens of donated gifts which will be used for the Christmas at the Bridge event Saturday morning.
"I said if its worth doing for the church, why not just do it for the community," she said.
According to Halbach, the , the facility will be turned into a shopping center for the day. Children, parents, grandparents and others are invited to attend the free event to select a gift for someone special in their life. Halbach said volunteers will help shoppers make a selection for the recipient, make a card and help wrap the gift. The event is free of charge, thanks to donations from area businesses,organizations and individuals.
Halbach said sponsors for the event include True Value, Boman Funeral Home, Fareway, Southfield Assisted Living, HyVee, Gilbert Jewelers, First State Bank, the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Leon's Pizza, Second Street Emporium, Pins and Needles, R Company and the Webster City Church of Christ.
"This is a family event where people from our community come and pick out a gift for someone they care about, make a card, wrap their present and have a snack," said Halbach. "Tables of gifts will be set up for people to choose toys, tools, clothes, candles, stuffed animals - all sorts of presents.
Organizers hope the event will help make gift giving a little easier.
"No more kids begging Mom to take them to the store while she tries not to see what they are picking out. No more of Grandma wishing she could buy a gift for her grandchild if she could just stretch her budget a bit further," she said. "Little ones can pick out something for their brothers or sisters."
"We'd love to see moms and dads attend, too," she said.
Christmas at the Bridge is a great way to help instill the joy of giving to others, according to Halbach.
"It's not just about what they're getting on Christmas, it's about the excitement of making someone else's day better," she said. "And that's a part of what Christmas is."
"And kids really get excited to get gifts if you can kind of set the stage for that," she added.
Halbach said no reservation was needed and Christmas at the Bridge is open to everyone.