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Special Store Aims to Make Inner City Kids' Christmas Wishes Come True

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by Emily Luxen           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Final preparations are underway at a special store designed to make Christmas wishes come true for hundreds of inner city kids in Nashville.

For more than 30 years, Youth Encouragement Services (YES) has put together a store filled with new, donated clothes, toys and food, so families it serves can get everything they need for Christmas in one spot.

"We try and put a lot of effort into it," said Daryl Elliott, the director of the Lindsley Avenue YES Center. "We want to make this special for them.  For many families, this is Christmas for their children."

All items in the YES Christmas Store are organized by category and age group, and are set up inside the gym at the Lindsley Avenue YES Center.

More than 200 families will come shop for items.  Each parent can pick out clothes and toys for their child, and also leaves with food to make Christmas dinner, and an additional gift card.

"When you see the families come through the door and get to pick out the gifts they want to give their children, there is something special about that moment," said Rob McRay, YES Executive Director.  "It's very exciting."

The YES Christmas Store is open Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All families who will be shopping have appointments, and a personal shopper will help them pick out the perfect gifts.

YES has three Nashville facilities, and provides educational and recreational programs for more than 800 inner city kids each year.

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