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Mansfield’s Tiny Tim Shoppe is a place for kids to do some holiday shopping

“God bless us all!” Tiny Tim exclaimed in the classic story “A Christmas Carol”.

That Christmas spirit returned to downtown Mansfield on Saturday when the Tiny Tim Shoppe opened for the 21st annual season.

The Tiny Tim Shoppe is a volunteer-assisted Christmas shop for kids 12 and under to buy affordable gifts for family and friends and have the gifts wrapped on site.

“Children discover this joy of giving. Parents or grandparents will bring their kids here,” said Jennifer Kime, CEO of Downtown Mansfield, Inc., which organizes the Tiny Tim Shoppe.

A multi-generational experience

“It’s my 13th year. I have six grandchildren; our eldest is 16,” Cheryl Smith said. We go to the (Richland) Carousel The children choose where we are going to have lunch.

Luke Boley, 9, Cash Gaus, 13, and grandmother Cheryl Smith prepare to pick up holiday gifts at the Tiny Tim Shoppe on Saturday.

Two of her grandchildren waited patiently with Grandma while the other three shopped.

“I love getting gifts for my family and spending the day with my grandmother,” said Cash Gaus, 13, who lives in Richland County.

Cash’s cousin explained the best part of the day. “My favorite thing is the carousel. I like the way it goes up and down,” said 9-year-old Ashland County resident Luke Boley.

Grandma was beaming. “We are so grateful to Downtown Mansfield Inc. for doing this,” Smith said. “It’s great that Downtown Mansfield has this for the kids.”

The Tiny Tim Shoppe filled a void after a local landmark, Reed’s department store, closed in 1993.

“Once Reed closed, the downtown community was trying to fill the void of activities for families during the holidays,” Kime said. “I have been with Downtown Mansfield Inc. for 21 years; Main Street Books started Tiny Tim Shoppe about 30 years ago.“

Buying local helps improve the health of the community.

The Tiny Tim Shoppe offers gifts kids can afford to buy for their friends and loved ones.

“They’ll go for a coffee, they’ll go to the Carousel, it’s really something else to do while they’re here.” It gives a great memory of downtown shopping and inspires kids to shop locally,” Kime said.

Local students help young people

“Volunteers will meet them and take them shopping,” Kime said. “All the kids up front are volunteers.”

A first-time volunteer was eager to serve others.

“Helping the kids at Christmas and helping them have fun by giving them presents,” Alisa Hill, a student at Madison Senior High School, on why she volunteers. “I coach our school’s color guard team.”

A long-time volunteer was at the reception.

“I’ve been volunteering here since I was 5 years old,” said Lily Kime, 17, daughter of the CEO of Downtown Mansfield Inc. “I love seeing how lonely kids feel doing independent shopping.”

The Tiny Tim Shoppe is a special vacation destination every year.

“It’s honestly one of our most fun events ever,” said Jennifer Kime.

Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe, 128 N. Main St., will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10, and 17, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2

More information about Tiny Tim Shoppe

Open: The Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 26 and December 3, 10 and 17 and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 2 for Christmas in the city

Other opportunities: Private shopping or using the store for photo background, call 419-522-0099.

Location: The Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe, 128 N. Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902