Gift Mart



On Saturday, December 8th, Ginger Creek will be hosting 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. In an effort 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 go back 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.

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 8  from 8:45-2:30. (Check-In Team-8:15-1:45.) All volunteers must be available to serve the entire shift. Due to space restrictions we are unable to accommodate volunteers under the age of 13.

All volunteers will have a brief lunch break.  Lunch is being generously provided by O’Donnell. We will provide water.

Thanks for volunteering! Registration is now closed. 


Total Number of Toys

Our goal for this year’s Toy Drive is 1000 toys.


Total Volunteers

Our goal for the number of volunteers needed is 140 people.

What We Need


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.

New, unwrapped, toys for children ages 5-11, that are priced between $10-$20.




Ideas for gifts: 

  • Puzzles
  • Play Food or pretend sets
  • Building Blocks
  • Card Games
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Legos
  • Sports Equipment
  • Remote Control Cars
  • Train Sets
  • Journal Sets
  • Interactive Games
  • Art Supplies
  • Baby Dolls
  • Craft or Discovery Kits
  • Barbie dolls
  • Play-Dough Kits
  • Action Figures
  • Transformers
  • Bath Products
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Themed Toys
  • Toy Trucks and Cars
  • Doll House Toys
  • Board games

Please no stuffed animals as they do not sell well.



Use your creativity to run your own Toy Drive! Organize and promote a Toy Drive or fundraiser with your sports team, Scout troop, dance class, school or work. You can choose to do all boy or all girl gifts or a certain age range. The possibilities are up to you!


Questions? Contact Maggie Greifenkamp at

Other Ways to Give

Donate by Mail

You can make a donation 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.

Donate Online

It’s truly amazing that our church family who donated their time and toys to the families at O’Donnell were able to make a difference in their lives and in our community.


We prayed with a women and shared scripture about God’s “gift” to all mankind and His plan for true peace through His son Jesus, she came to faith in God.


We were able to share about our relationship Jesus to those who came. That is the truest form of success that I think we can measure by.