CHANDLER (3TV/CBS 5) − The Chandler community is coming together for those in need this holiday season with used décor, gifts and grocery store gift cards.
The Living Chandler Facebook group is helping their neighbors by reviving a concept that helped hundreds of families two years ago with Operation Chandler Christmas.
Operation Chandler Christmas was born from a mom submitting a post in 2016 saying she would love some second-hand decorations as she couldn’t afford to purchase any after a tough year. Thousands ended up coming together to put on two events where those in need could “shop” for free from recycled holiday décor and gifts.
On Dec. 8, they will try it again at The Forum near Germann and Gilbert roads. Donations of used décor and gifts will be accepted, along with grocery store gift cards ($25 increments) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
That same day, volunteer shoppers will guide those that come to shop through the donated items to find what they need.
The event is being put on by group founders Matthew and Tia Coates with volunteers from the Facebook group, including event chairman April Quatrine.