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Main Street Offers Kids a Chance to Shop
By Tourism Industry Partner
The annual Main Street Children's Christmas Store will be open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11th and 18th for children and teens to shop for their families.
The store is located at 108 E. Woodson in the old “El Reno Economic Development Partnership” office location. The children must be 18 and younger to shop. 'We provide staff to supervise and guide the children around the store to help them pick out appropriate gifts for their moms, dads, grandparents and brothers and sisters,' said Codie Lee-Finnigan, Main Street Director. After fulfilling their shopping lists and meeting their budgets, store operators tag and gift wrap all the gifts for free. The store is operated by all volunteer labor and is offered free of charge to merchants and residents alike.
Downtown businesses provide merchandise priced $20 and under. Christmas ornaments, jewelry, candles, bath sets, tools, home décor items, books, CDs, OU and OSU items, hats and gloves and many other gift items will be available. The variety of gift items available allows area children to shop for their entire family, friends and teachers. The kids enjoy getting to “surprise” their loved ones with presents they picked out on their own. Lee-Finnigan said they encourage parents to drop their children off to shop while they do their own Christmas shopping. Parents sometimes furnish a list of presents needed and a budget on how much to spend.
There is a play area with toys, games, crafts/other activities and a DVD player and television where children can watch family Christmas movies or play board games while parents shop.
There are nearly a dozen participating merchants this year.
Contact: El Reno Main Street