For many parents, the luxury of buying their kids Christmas presents doesn't come all that easy.
But for the fifth year in a row, Mount St. Mary's, along with volunteers and donors, have made it a less stressful time.
On Saturday, the Niagara Falls Conference Center was a shopping destination for more than one hundred families that otherwise might not be able to buy brand new clothes for their children.
The Christmas Shoppe is put together by Mount St. Mary's, along with the help of other agencies in the area. Together they help shoppers sign up, and find out what age and size kids they need to get gifts for.
"They come and they size how much, they put sizes down, you know, how many children, who gets what sizes, as you can see we have boys, girls, different sizes throughout each room," said Marty Shimmel, a volunteer.
Shoppers can choose from tables that are filled with brand new clothes, pajamas, winter hats and gloves.
For the families it's not a hand out, but a hand up. Sister Nora Sweeney says they're asked to make a $5 donation that will then go to a local agency.
"Our families have been homeless, they are now living in apartments or housing, and there are families that just got their GED, families that are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Families that were on social services but feel that in order to care for their children and to better themselves, they need to get jobs," said Sister Sweeney.
Kristin Daniels has volunteered at the Christmas Shoppe for the past five years. But this season, she was able to receive the help she's offered to many others.
"My family has grown dramatically over the last year, I gained two children in my house and it's just been a little rough for us financially. So to be able to get clothing, and toiletries and hats and gloves for them is just, it's such a blessing when you need a little assistance and then people are there for you," said Daniels.
Each shopper is also given daily essentials like toilet paper, diapers and towels.
"Because under food stamps you're not entitled to toilet paper or toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo so we're able to help that," said Sister Sweeney.
Once everything's checked off their list, the gifts can be wrapped so they're ready for Christmas morning. And after the presents are ripped open by the kids, their parents are gifted with the feeling of pride.
"Our families are either going into budgeting classes, they're going to get their GED, they're learning to budget what they have to, but they also know that everything here is for them and they are not embarrassed because they know that in years to come, they will be able to help somebody else that needs something," said Sister Sweeney.