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Join us for the 2023 Gloria Deo Academy Christmas Store! The GDA Christmas Store will be open on December 4-7 from 8:45 am – 3 pm.  

Ride the Polar Express to the Christmas Store

The annual Gloria Deo Academy Christmas Store extravaganza will take place at the Golden Campus. River Stone students will ride the Polar Express (bus) to the Christmas Store during their regular school hours.


Dates & Times

Monday, December 4 for the Golden M/W students

Tuesday, December 5 for the Golden T/Th students

Wednesday, December 6 for the Golden & River Stone M/W students

Thursday, December 7 for the Golden & River Stone T/Th students


Students Get to Shop

This highly anticipated event is a fun and safe environment where students Preschool-6th grade can secretly shop for their family members! Each student will receive an envelope to list each family member to buy for (please limit lists to close family members only, as time is limited.) and enclose CASH to be used. Each class will then have an opportunity to shop with independence and gifts will be wrapped at school and sent home the same day.


Premier Vendors Available 

Premier Vendors Include: Envious Boutique, Dodilicious Designs (Dodi Petersen), Keilah Peppers (homemade jewelry), Gjetta’s earrings, Gracee Schulze (homemade bags), Marquis Designs (custom fiber art from Annette Tillman), Cerena’s Crafterie & Clay Co., and more! If you want to be a vendor, please email Holly & Haidi at events@gloriadeoacademy.org.


Brew 21 Extra Chromosome Coffee

A new, exciting addition to our Christmas Store week — Brew 21 is coming to GDA! Meet the family behind the Brew 21 business:

“We are the Justis family. Chris and I have been married 16 years, and we have one incredible son named Wyatt, who is 14.

Wyatt was born with an extra chromosome, the 21st chromosome, which means he has Down Syndrome. He is smart, kind, funny, and always the life of the party! Since he was little I have prayed, and known that I wanted to start a business he could be apart of, and that would allow us to work beside each other. I have always loved coffee and the fellowship it brings. There’s just something about it, and so the dream of having a mobile coffee bar was born! God is so good, & always has the perfect plan! We cannot wait to see where it goes!

Our mission is to serve great coffee, as well as give back to the special needs community. We hope to do this a few different ways. We want to offer a chance for other individuals with special needs to work alongside us. We also plan to donate a portion of each cup sold to support a special needs organization. This year we are choosing DSGO The Down syndrome group of the ozarks. We’re hoping that as the business grows, the impact we can have will too.

Thank you for helping us live out our dream and letting Wyatt’s light shine!”

Luke 1:37 – Nothing is impossible with God


You are a Hero to GDA Students

This is where YOU come in! Lots of volunteers are needed to set up, price items, help young students shop, wrap gifts, tear down, and take inventory. We need you to help make this event all it can be! You don’t have to be a professional wrapper; bags will be used! Come early and enjoy a cup of coffee and some holiday treats! We love this event, and we love our volunteers! Sign up to bring some Christmas cheer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084CA4A723A5F9C70-45582270-christmas?mc_cid=ae882fb73b&mc_eid=UNIQID#/ 



Please direct all questions to Holly & Haidi at events@gloriadeoacademy.org.

Let’s kick off the holiday season with lots of laughs and great memories!


🎄 EXCITEMENT: Come see the excitement on the kids’ faces as they learn the joy of buying gifts for others.

🎄 TREATS: Enjoy Christmas music and yummy treats! Lunch is also provided for volunteers!

🎄 FESTIVE: To make the atmosphere as fun as possible and spread some holiday cheer, please dress in your favorite holiday gear; hats, necklaces, aprons, beautiful or ugly Christmas sweaters, etc.


We need your help! Volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084CA4A723A5F9C70-45582270-christmas?mc_cid=ae882fb73b&mc_eid=UNIQID#/


Donations Needed

*We need donations of medium, large and extra-large gift bags, and sticker gift tags, cellophane treat bags ribbon, and tissue paper (does not need to be new, can be a donation of personal surplus).

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