Gift Mart




On Saturday, December 9th, 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.

Need a place to start? Start here by shopping online using our Amazon Gift Registry. CLICK HERE


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 100 people.

Thank You for Volunteering! We are at full capacity for those serving at Gift Mart on Saturday.



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 9  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.


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.

We have made it easy for you, Shop online using our Amazon Gift Registry. CLICK HERE

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!

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.

Host a Toy Drive

One of the best ways to aid our mission is to organize a toy drive. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

Select the location for your toy drive. You can host one with your child’s school, extra curricular activity, Scout troop, dance class or even their school- the options are endless!


Set a time frame for the toy drive; pick your dates in advance and plan it early. This time of year is close enough to Christmas so people will be in the spirit of giving. Make sure to leave enough time after the deadline for stragglers to bring their presents in. Choose five days prior to the last day of collection.

Tell as many people as you can about your toy drive as soon as possible. You’ll want to create a “buzz,” meaning when you tell someone, they’ll tell someone, etc. The earlier you publicize your event, the more people you will reach.

Collect the toys from your drive and drop them off at Ginger Creek Community Church, 2850 Ginger Woods Parkway, Aurora, IL 60502.


Every Sunday from now to the day of the event. (November 5th – December 3rd)

Questions? Contact Carol Olsen at or 630-235-9877.

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Other Ways to Give

No Time To Shop?

We have a team of elves who would be happy to shop for you! Or shop using our Amazon Gift Registry. CLICK HERE

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.


A mother stopped by the Prayer Room on her way out. When one of the partners asked how we could help, she said she needed peace in her life. As we prayed 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 came away with a long list of people that wanted to know more about Ginger Creek and about how to know Jesus better. We also gave away nearly all of our New Testaments and Veggie Tales DVDs. That is the truest form of success that I think we can measure by.