12 Days of Giving Program
On the 12 Days of Giving, the Gingerbread House gave to me… a way to give as easy as can be!
On select dates in November we will be donating 10% of our sales to one of 12 local non-profit organizations that support children.
Stop by the Gingerbread House on your charity's day and a portion of your purchase will help support our community!
Heartland Head Start is a well-established social service agency that has been providing services to low income families since 1965. During this time it has grown from serving 60 children and families to serving 309 children and families, offering services for children birth to five.
Founded in 1992, the mission of ABC Counseling & Family Services is to provide specialized evaluation and treatment to youth that are either the victims of sexual abuse or have sexual behavior problems and to help their families heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. Our organization also provides adoption services for adoptive parents and counseling for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
The purpose of Autism McLean County is to promote the general welfare of children and adults with autism and to provide support for their families.
SPICE provides pediatric therapy services for families with children from birth through age fourteen, who have developmental disabilities or delays or who are at risk for delay due to environmental or medical concerns.
BCAI utilizes the expression and freedom of Arts to train accountability, responsibility and awareness of self, community and various cultures. Art is anything that requires the imagination to reach the next level. Once one recognizes and embraces their innate passions, PURPOSE awakens. Once awareness of other cultures and your community is stimulated, destructive cycles are destroyed and we UNIFY. Art is a catalyst for growth.
The mission of Music Connections is to provide such quality music education to an increased number of children in the early childhood years, thereby enhancing their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, language and musical development.
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Be an angel of change. You can change the lives of people living with disabilities.
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Miracle League of Central Illinois provides physically and mentally challenged children a safe and spirited program in which they can play on a baseball field just like other kids. Miracle League baseball offers a unique and memorable opportunity these children would not otherwise have. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self- esteem and confidence and being treated just like other kids. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a "buddy" system - pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described.
The Baby Fold has a Healthy Start Program for young, at risk mothers. The program is community-based allowing support workers to visit mothers and babies in their homes to help create healthy bonds and equip families with the tools necessary to navigate daily life.
As a faith based organization it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients. It is our hope to help bridge the gap between prosperity and poverty in our community.
Mom and Me Camp is a unique program that brings children ages seven through twelve together with their incarcerated mothers for three days of activities at the correctional centers.
The Purpose of Play
Toys are the tools of learning for kids; they are a way to help develop creativity.
Toys and play help children become the person they are going to be.
- Tami Jarecki, original owner of the Gingerbread House
Creativity is what we call having fun with our minds. By using our imagination to pretend and by painting, building, and signing, we discover new ways to think about things and express ourselves
Cognitive abilities are what help us learn about the world around us. We use memory, reasoning and problem-solving to take what we know and apply it to today's play in the sandbox.
There's nothing "icky" about gross motor skills. These are the actions related to larger muscles, like our arms and legs. When we walk, run and jump, we're using gross motor skills for balance and coordination.
Our emotional responses are the ways we react to situations we encounter in life. Whether we are happy or sad, surprised or mad, we must learn to control our emotions and express ourselves clearly to others.
Playing nicely with each other is what we call social development. Sharing, cooperating and taking turns all fall into this category, and are qualities that make people want to be our friend.
This is how we understand and recognize the position of objects in relation to each other. Spatial reasoning is important to excel in things like reading a map and doing a geometry problem.
For activities like drawing, grasping objects and using some tools, we use our fine motor skills. Our smaller muscles, like fingers, toes and eyes, are necessary for mastering hand-eye coordination and picking up sensory skills.
Our eyes, ears, voices and hands all play important roles in sharing what's on our mind and understanding what others are trying to tell us. As children grow up, they'll also read and write to communicate and learn about their world.