Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton has a long history of community outreach. The congregation extends that outreach in time for the Christmas holiday with its Children's Shopping Day.

In the late 1940s a Thrift Shop was started at the church to help families get back on their feet after World War II. It has been running continuously ever since, offering clothing, toys, and house wares at bargain prices.

Usually it is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. But on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a special shopping day for children. Children ages 12 and under can purchase one gift for each person on his/her list for just 25 cents per gift, anything from toys to winter coats. Shopping assistants will help the children choose appropriate gifts. Parents are asked to make a list of names with some suggestions or sizes to help the shopping assistants.

While the children shop, the newly formed Men's Group will serve coffee and cookies to the parents. Of course, the children can have cookies too.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is home base to the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer.

For the last 15 years it has been the 'place to go' for Trick or Treat, handing out treats to children and coffee to adults. Last month was the topper of this event with almost 900 treats and 400 cups of coffee given out with a smile of welcome.

Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops meet there, as does the Palmerton Concourse Club. It has been home to the Palmerton Camera Club for over 40 years.

Holy Trinity Lutheran is located on the corner of 5th and Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. Look for the sign at the 5th Street door.

For more information please call the church office at (610) 826-2524.