Samaritan Place Market: A Christmas Village

Nov 17, 2020 | Saint Luke's Updates, Service Opportunities

The Samaritan Place Market: A Christmas Village is a shopping experience for invited guests to shop for the children in their home. Avondale Samaritan Place will be transformed into a Christmas market where local community members will be hired to work the shop and new gifts will be available at greatly reduced prices, affirming the God-given dignity of every participant.

Here’s how you can help:

You can make a child’s Christmas possible through whichever of the following is most convenient for you:

1. Shop at your favorite local toy store and purchase gifts from the suggested shopping list below. Bring your unwrapped gifts to Canterbury or Avondale United Methodist Church before November 29.

2. Purchase gifts from our Amazon wish list. Go to You can even change the delivery address to CUMC Village, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213 and they will ship directly.

3. Financial donations are always welcome. These will allow us to shop and fill in with gifts that are needed. Please mark your donations with “Christmas Village” in the memo line.

A Christmas Village Shopping List

*Please remember that all gifts should be new and unwrapped, and please no “realistic” weapons of any kind. Deadline for gifts is November 29.

-Dolls in a variety of skin tones
-Legos (or other building toys) for boys and girls
-Remote control cars
-Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs
-Riding toys
-Board games
-Craft kits
-Books – preschool and chapter books
-Makeup kits
-Dress up clothes
-Baby toys
-Art supplies