NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — According to the research website finder.com, it was estimated that Americans were going to spend over $15 billion dollars on unwanted Christmas presents in 2019. You can read the report here.
Before you throw out those gifts, or bury them deep in your closet, consider using them to help individuals who are struggling or dealing with homelessness.
On Thursday January 9th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier is hosting a "re-gifting party"at the Chill443 restaurant located in the lobby of the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 443 Main Street Niagara Falls.
Anyone bringing an unwanted gift or gift card worth at least $25 can get in. The party will feature music, food, drinks and entertainment.
"Everybody gets stuck with that one, or two, or even more than that, kind of weird Christmas present that they just don't know what to do with," said Christian Hoffman, Director of Public Relations & Development for Community Missions.
The goal is to collect unwanted presents to use as part of Community Missions' annual fundraiser Sweetheart Dinner and auction on February 7th.
All gifts are welcome but household essential items can be used immediately to help individuals in difficult situations; that includes things such as linens, towels, pot and pans, dishes and the like.
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier is the largest shelter in Niagara Falls and the only one that accepts women and families, explained Christian Hoffman. Each year, the non-profit, community-based, religious organization provides meals, shelter, clothing, and several types of services to thousands of people.