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Muncie woman opens ‘Christmas shop’ in home to help families in need

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MUNCIE, Ind. --The holidays can be a rough time of year for families in need. Gifts, clothes and even basic necessities can be a struggle for some. But now one woman in Muncie says she wants to help make this year’s holidays a little brighter for those that need it the most.

For the second year in a row, Brandi Norris has opened her “Christmas shop.” A sort of community gift giving inside of her own home.

For most of the year, Norris collects donations of clothes, toys, home supplies, books and other items so so she can give them away each weekend in December.

“We started it off for teenagers, then lots of people came and lots of people donated so we started doing it for everybody,” she said.

Brandi’s daughter Caitlin and her friend Wendy help her to collect, organize and distribute the donations.

Norris says the way the shop works is simple; anyone who needs them can come by and pick up gifts. No questions asked, no explanations needed.

“It feels good to give back we used the system for a while, I had to do toys for tots because I have 4 little kids. Now we don’t have to use it any more so this was a good way for us to give back for all the years that we did need it,” Norris said.

Norris says after two days of having her “shop” open she has already helped give gifts to more than 40 families. She says the Facebook page she manages for the shop has grown exponentially in followers.

“We’ve had a lot of good donations this year,” she said.