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Published December 19, 2010, 08:56 AM

Moorhead homeless shelter hosts its Christmas Store

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's the largest turnout of people looking for help with gifts this Christmas season in the 15-years of a Moorhead homeless shelter, hosting its Christmas Store. Nearly 300 people in need came to Churches United to feel a bit warmer this holiday season.

In a small basement packed full of clothes and Christmas gifts, Erica Jones is searching for something for herself and her daughter.

Erica Jones: "Some good useful things."

Since Thursday, she is among the hundreds of people who have rummaged through these shelves for help.

Erica Jones: "You know I’m glad its here. It’s helpful for a lot of people, it’s a good thing. It’s a great thing."

The 990 people who have signed up for 15-minutes to shop at the free Christmas store is the homeless, and people who need extra help.

Bessie Askew: "It’s overwhelming"

Bessie Askew says they are all too often over looked in a Fargo-Moorhead economy that most consider flourishing.

Bessie Askew: "It’s not like it used to be. It’s so sad. It’s too sad to know that many people are on the streets."

That’s something these volunteers helping the ones like Erica have in mind when picking out the perfect gift.

Karen Schreiner: "It really does make you feel good to know that you've helped in a positive way; to actually see the people that you are influencing for the better."

As many walk in here with nothing to give this holiday season, no one will walk out empty handed. If you'd like to donate, go to