at O’Donnell Elementary School
Join A Team

Be a part of reaching our Community

On Saturday, December 10th, Ginger Creek will host a Christmas Gift Mart for families at O’Donnell Elementary School. Gift Mart seeks to reimagine the holiday charity model by harnessing the generosity of communities to do more than just place toys under the tree in under-resourced neighborhoods. To preserve dignity, parents from O’Donnell Elementary School in East Aurora have been able to choose gifts for their children at a discounted price of $2 per toy. All proceeds from the sale of the toys will return to O’Donnell Elementary School children.

Be a part of reaching our community by joining our team to help plan, shop, set up, and host the event.


Our goal for this year’s Toy Drive is 400 toys, and our goal for the number of volunteers needed is 100 people.



Drop off a New Gift

Ginger Creek will be having our Annual Christmas Gift Mart for families with children at O’Donnell Elementary School. Donated toys will be available for purchase at a greatly discounted price so that parents who might not normally be able to buy gifts for their children will be able to do so without simply receiving a “handout.” All proceeds from the sale of the toys will go back to O’Donnell School to fund educational initiatives for the children.

Ways To Give

1. Donate by Mail

You can donate toward the purchase of toys by sending a check to:

Ginger Creek Community Church
Gift Mart
2850 Ginger Woods Pkwy
Aurora, IL 60502

Be sure to mark Gift Mart in the memo of your check.

2. Online

Gift Mart

This event will need many volunteers. Please prayerfully consider what role you might like to have in this adventure. Location: O’Donnell Elementary School, 1640 Reckinger Road, Aurora, IL 60505. School parking will be used for O’Donnell families attending the Gift Mart.

Volunteers will either park across the street from the school at Hope Lutheran Church-1575 Reckinger or at the Child Services Building-1480 Reckinger.

Please come prepared to serve on Saturday, December 10th, from 8:45 AM-12 PM. (Check-In Team-8:15 AM-12 PM.) All volunteers must be available to serve the entire shift. Due to space restrictions, we cannot accommodate volunteers under 13.

O’Donnell is generously providing breakfast, snacks, and provide water.