Christmas in Walnut

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Welcome!

Christmas in Walnut is a three-fold community building event, taking place on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The event builds community and capacity within the Walnut Neighborhood and is a way for people to care and share together at Christmastime. Over 550 tickets are given out through local partnerships inviting families to participate in the day - shopping for their children at the Christmas Store held at the Boys & Girls Club, children making and wrapping gifts for their families upstairs at the Craft Workshop and everyone enjoying a delicious pancake & sausage breakfast together next door at Harvest Vineyard Church (715 E. 4th St., Waterloo). 
 
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Christmas in Walnut
Mark your calendars to experience a great morning of holiday joy!

Breakfast at Harvest Vineyard
7:30-8:30 am (Volunteers)
8:45-12:00 pm (Community)

Christmas Craft Workshop & Christmas Store
8:30 am - 12:30 pm (for Volunteers)

Ways to Participate

Donate a Gift

Gifts are collected from November 22-December 5. New, unwrapped gifts may be brought to Orchard Hill Church (3900 Orchard Hill Dr., CF) from 8am-8pm any day of the week. There are two large boxes near the Sanctuary and the Community Center (Door G or Door E) or feel free to drop them off at the church office M-F 8am-5pm. 
 
Each year we collect approximately 2200 gifts to stock our Christmas Store. This allows parents to have a choice is selecting the perfect gifts for their little ones! 
 
Multiple organizations have linked arms with Christmas in Walnut by hosting toy drives at their business. If your organization would like to collect gifts, contact Laura Hoy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Christmas Craft Workshop

Children will make handmade Christmas gifts for their families while their parents shop in the Christmas Store. The annual Christmas Craft Workshop will again be held in the upstairs of the Boys & Girls Club from 9:00 am until noon while the Christmas Store happens on the main level. Crafts and materials are planned and 82 volunteers are needed to staff the craft stations. Volunteers time commitment is from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and all volunteers are encouraged to have breakfast at Harvest between 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Provide a Treat

Bars & cookies are needed for the hospitality room at the Christmas Store. Volunteers can make 2 dozen bars or cookies, place them in disposable containers marked "Christmas Store", and deliver them to the kitchen at Orchard Hill Church, Door G, on December 6 or 7. 

Breakfast at Harvest Vineyard

Free pancakes and sausage are being offered from 7:30-8:30 am for the Christmas Store and Christmas Craft Workshop volunteers and then from 8:45-noon for the community.  It will be a great time of fellowship and good food! We will need 40 volunteers to help flip pancakes and serve breakfast on this morning with friends from Harvest Vineyard.

Christmas Store

Many community partners come together to share Christmas joy by hosting the Christmas Store from 9am-noon at the Boys & Girls Club, next door to Harvest Vineyard Church. The store gives parents who are struggling financially the opportunity to shop for their own children by selecting new toys/gifts that will be priced at a great discount. Shoppers will be welcomed by invitation only, and toys/gifts will be purchased and donated by community friends and partners. We love that this is an event that allows everyone to participate and give! We will need 266 volunteers for the Christmas Store. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. 

Donate To Event

Consider giving financially to help fund the events of the day and to help purchase gifts for the Christmas Store. Checks may be made out to Orchard Hill Church with "Christmas in Walnut" written in the memo line or donate securely online. Checks may be hand delivered or mailed to the Orchard Hill Church Office at 3900 Orchard Hill Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.