LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's a holiday tradition for Wayside Christian Mission, making sure those in need still get to share the magic of Christmas with their children.
Melvina Hughes is ready for Christmas. She’s got some nice clothes to give to her 18-year-old daughter.
“I got her some shoes, coat, a lot of things,” Hughes said.
Hughes came to Wayside Christian Mission in 1997, battling addiction and homelessness. The shelter helped get her on her feet and this Christmas it's helping Hughes and her daughter again.
“The things that she wanted--I got it here,” Hughes said.
The Miracle on Broadway has a department store feel. Parents get to go shopping for their children; much of the items are donated by Toys for Tots, local churches and offices.
“They can come through the store and pick out the Christmas toys themselves. They are age appropriate,” volunteer Carol Cook said.
Applicants make an appointment and show proof of their children; after that, a volunteer takes them through the store.
“They can get a large toy and a small toy per child, a stuffed animal, two stocking stuffers, and a coloring book and crayons,” Cook said.
And that's not all--other than toys, parents can pick up some necessities for the whole family, like food, toiletries, gloves, hats, and blankets. When the parents are finished, all that's left to see is the joy on Christmas morning.
“I was trying to figure out how can I get it for her Christmas, but they had it here. So I thank God for that,” Hughes said.
The Miracle on Broadway Christmas Store is open Dec. 21, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Wayside tells us it is still in need of brand new gloves, hats and blankets. If you want to donate, you can take your donations to Hotel Louisville at Second and Broadway.