Every year during the holiday season there are sadly families out there with nothing. But with this world-shattering year, we have had this year they may be more than ever before. Children who will have no gifts to open Christmas morning. They May not even have a home to open them in. But something this incredibly hard year has also shown us is that the human spirit is resilient and that there is still so much goof left in the world. When this Milford woman set up her very own Christmas shop on her front porch, she became a living breathing Christmas spirit. One a lot of little boys and girls will be thankful for.
“It is hard on the kids, they deserve a Christmas or a holiday,” said Carley Wissner. “They deserve a break and some fun. I hope that we can give that to them.” Carley Williams is a nurse and sees the every day struggle families are facing. A couple of weeks ago Carley was holiday shopping for her family and decided to pick up a few extra gifts to donate.
Every day, Carley welcomes the public to her porch to pick a few gifts to give for Christmas. People begin showing up to take what they need but they were also giving what they could. So Carley could go out and buy even more for families in need.
She began to post the items on her community Facebook page.
“I had an overwhelming response which was heartbreaking to me, that there are so many people in need in the community,” she said. “I just felt I needed to do more. I bought more gifts, put a table out on my front porch, and decided to open a little shop.”
Using her Milford home at 3186 Duana Drive, Carley created The Front Porch Christmas Shop. A simple Facebook post has now grown into a charitable movement.
“This is a rough year – this is touching, it means a lot to me,” said Michelle Hoyt and Dawn Caldwell local moms, came by to pick out a few things for kids who may not have had a Christmas if it wasn’t for Carley.
“Beautiful family that is filled with love in their heart, and put together this giving tree, giving home,” said Caldwell.
As word traveled on social media, donations began to grow. For Carley, who grew up there, it fills her heart to know kids will now have something to smile about this holiday season.
“This community has given me so much more than I could ever give it. I am thrilled to give back,” she said.
The Front Porch Christmas Shop is still open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for at least one more week or until they are out. It’s free. Carley says donations are welcome but not expected.