For over 50 years, LifeWise STL has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season through our Holiday Market (formerly The Christmas Shop). The Market is our way of saying “Keep up the good work!” to our program participants who have been working hard over the past year. With unemployment and underemployment due to COVID, family resources are stretched. The need is greater than ever.

This year — due to the pandemic — the Holiday Market will have a different look. The Market will provide carefully curated NEW household items, age appropriate toys, coats, and other non-clothing items. Participants will give us a wish list of items and volunteers will shop from the list. Participants will pick up their “Holiday Bags” curbside on December 14. Our aim is to strengthen families while connecting them with the generosity of our donors.


Volunteers are needed to help sort, organize, and shop for gifts December 5-15. Numerous shifts are available each day. All volunteering
will be done in a masked, socially-distanced way.

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If you are interested in donating gifts for the Holiday Market, please download a suggested donations list. All items must be new and unwrapped. Donations can be dropped off at LifeWise through December 12. (We gratefully accept donations year-round.)

Location & Parking

The Holiday Market will be held at LifeWise, which is located at 1321 S. 11th Street. There is ample parking on our lots and on the street.

Contact Us

Volunteers:  Dan Richter, or (314) 627-1233

Donors:  Jennifer Weston, or (314) 627-1225

Participants:  Emily Stuart, or (314) 627-6380