Holiday Helpers – Spreading Compassion and Kindness


Meet Jennifer Sonnabend, the mother of three great boys who is constantly looking for ways to teach them compassion and kindness to others. Holiday Helpers was born out of the idea of wanting to help and pass toys that were basically new (but no longer played with at her home) to those who could enjoy them and receive them for the holidays.

To cast a wider net of compassion she reached out to friends and family and they donated as well and so the Holiday Helpers store was created. It is a way to help those in our community that may not otherwise be able to get gifts for their families, a way for the community to rally around those who may be struggling without any extra out-of-pocket expense. Said Sonnabend, “So many of us are blessed to have more than what we need, and many of us often hold yard sales to “get rid of ” the extras. The idea behind Holiday Helpers is to take these gently used toys, books, coats etc, and create a store in which families in need can “shop” with dignity, picking items their children would love to find under the tree.”

No money is required to shop at the store – just a need. All items are cleaned and displayed as the treasures they are and are even gift wrapped so all children experience the magic of the holidays.

The Holiday helpers store is held at the local Thomastown Area YMCA. It will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. (beginning Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 17) and Saturdays Dec. 13th and 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Everyone is encouraged to donate and spread the word so that we as a community can lift those who need a little extra help this holiday season. Jenn is a huge believer that people have an innate desire to help and if put to the task can achieve great things for and with our community. You can contact Sonnabend through the Holiday Helpers of Thomastown Facebook page. Donations can be left at the YMCA with a note stating they are for Holiday Helpers.