This holiday season there’s a new, one-of-a-kind place to shop in San Antonio for gifts. And parents (and kids!) are going to love it.
From Me To You, located in Rolling Oaks Mall (on the 2nd floor, next to Macy’s and just above Santa’s Workshop!), is the newest fundraising endeavor from Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas. President Denise Barkhurst modeled the store after a PTA fundraising shop she visited with her own children several years ago. All money spent in the store goes directly to fund the programs of the mentoring/prevention nonprofit, which matches kids with adult mentors in our community.
Imagine your child taking their hard-earned allowance to a store with quality gifts they can select for family and friends (without family and friends seeing what they’re buying). Parents sit comfortably nearby, sipping hot coffee, watching holiday movies and relaxing. Volunteer elves help the children shop and then wrap their gifts, just on the other side of a curtain.
From Me To You provides a sense of independence, even for the littlest shoppers, while parents are just a few steps away. And the volunteer elves help children stick to their budgets, providing financial literacy lessons as well. Lastly, kids learn that by shopping at From Me To You, they are helping other children: a lovely lesson of giving during this special season.
The store runs on volunteers (81 shifts must be filled to provide elf helpers for the kids). If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Armen Babajanian with Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas via email (armen at bigmentor dot org) or by calling 210-365-9056.
From Me To You opens to the public on Black Friday (November 29) and will be open during mall hours through Christmas Eve.
More information about From Me To You.
Information on the programs Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas provides.