Candy Cane Corner needs volunteers and donations

Candy Cane Corner needs volunteers and donations

(KUTV) For 21 years, the Candy Cane Corner has provided homeless families in Utah an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts. This year the holiday store is once again up and running.

"For most of the families we serve, this will be the only new items they get all year long," said Celeste Eggert, Development Director for The Road Home shelter.

The Road Home, Volunteers of America and the YWCA have joined forces to organize the event. Families served by the organizations will get a chance to stop by the store and "shop" for Christmas gifts at no cost.

The YWCA started the Candy Cane Corner 21 years ago. Anne Burkeholder, CEO of the YWCA said the event was started to help women and children living at the domestic violence shelter. The event has grown every year since.

Last year, The Candy Cane Corner helped about 2,600 men, women and children. This year, the store will likely help more people as demand for help from the three organizations has grown.

"It's not a hand out. It's an opportunity to choose and we've been very clear from the beginning that we want to create an opportunity where there is dignity," said Burkholder.

Eggert said most of the homeless families served by the store will be homeless only temporarily after a job loss or a medical emergency that left them financially strapped. And most of those families will get back on their feet and never return to homelessness.

The Candy Cane Corner is in need of NEW donations of clothing and toys. The greatest need is for clothing for teens and adult men and women. Basic items like socks and underwear are needed for all ages.

Volunteers are also needed to help stock and run The Candy Cane Corner until December 23rd. The store is open seven days a week.

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