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Volunteers for Mission San Marcos and two local churches are collecting new, unwrapped gifts for their Affordable Christmas program, now in its second holiday season.

The gifts program offers “a hand up, not just a handout” to struggling families by them selling toys, clothes and other merchandise at steeply discounted prices, said Emily Barber, a master social worker who serves as the nonprofit agency’s youth programs director. The program is co-sponsored this year by River Stone Church, which meets at Travis Elementary School in San Marcos, and Eikon Church, which meets at Texas Old Town in Kyle.

“Families know their kids best and different kids want different presents. … We want to provide them the dignity of buying the presents themselves, picking them out, and wrapping them for their children,” Barber said.

The Affordable Christmas “store” will be open Dec. 21 at the San Marcos Recreation Hall in City Park. Organizers say they have already selected eligible families and do not have the capacity to serve others.

Gift donations can be left at these locations, all in San Marcos:

ColorMix Graphics and Printing
404 South CM Allen Parkway
Hot Spots Apartment Locating
1504 Aquarena Springs Dr.
Glenn Wier State Farm
2575 S. Interstate 35, Suite 101
Reliable Automotive
1201 Texas 123
Absolute Healing
205 Cheatham St., Suite 1
Chick-Fil-A San Marcos
2213 S. Interstate 35
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307 W. San Antonio St.
Tantra Coffeehouse
217 W. Hopkins St.
A+ Federal Credit Union
San Marcos High School Branch
2601 E McCarty Ln, Suite 100
Textbook Solutions
209 N. Edward Gary Street
Hays County Outfitters
105 E. Hopkins St.
Blue Moon Optical
121 W. San Antonio St.
Tek Rescue
102 Suttles Avenue
San Marcos Air
3500 Texas 123
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
202 N. CM Allen Parkway
James Walker, Keller Williams
174 S. Guadalupe St.
Yogurt In Love
102 Wonder World Drive, Suite 201

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