Counting Kindness – Christmas House

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Some people are not financially able to crawl the mall for Christmas gifts around the holidays. Two young women have taken it upon themselves, with the help of their church family, to set up a different type of mall. Where everything is free and everyone is welcome.

It’s called the Christmas House. 17-year-old KeiMaune Burse and 17-year-old KeeAnia Kinkacha are gearing up for the doors to open this Saturday. The girls, and a team of volunteers from their church, transform the second floor of Colossian Baptist Church in Newport News into a mall. The classrooms become stores. There’s a toy store, a candy store, a grocery store, a clothing store, a miscellaneous store and more! Each one is decorated like a winter wonderland while Christmas music plays for the shoppers.

The shoppers include those in need, those who might need a hand up at the holidays, those who need a temporary support bridge for gift giving. You see, everything at the Christmas House is free. No charge. The items have been donated or purchased by the generosity of volunteers. Shoppers get what they need from each store and afterward, they are served lunch…also at no cost. The Christmas House is in its 4th year. Year one, 125 people came through. Last year, 500! KeiMaune and KeeAnia are expecting even more this year.

The Christmas House will open for business this Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Colossian Baptist Church. Its on 856 Old Ft. Eustis Blvd in Newport News. For more information visit www.colossianbaptistchurch.org or call 757 874 0627.