Helping Instill the Spirit of Christmas
Santa Shop is a major undertaking every year with more than 600 children having a wonderful Christmas because of the dedicated work of our Holiday Elves. Early in the fall our elves begin the work of contacting local businesses and donors to secure age appropriate gifts for client children ranging in age from birth to 18.
In keeping with our client choice pantry plan, Santa Shop provides a free shopping experience for clients who assisted by an elf escort, make selections from a puzzle table, a book table, a clothing table, a game table and so on as they choose gifts for their children. A wrapping station is provided, while Santa visits, and craft areas are arranged to keep children occupied as parents shop. Even a dancing dreidle has been known to be seen.
Elves know how much is available and how many children need a visit from Santa and effectively lead families to select the right number of gifts so everyone’s need is met while making sure there are few unclaimed gifts.
In addition, a supply of gifts are available for children to select to have wrapped and give their parents. Stuffed stockings are available for everyone.
You can be a part of this exciting and very satisfying event by volunteering to:
- Join the elves in the Fall to begin procuring gifts
- Organize gifts as donations begin
- Pick up gifts at gift sites and take them to the organization station
- Make and stuff age appropriate stockings
- Provide crafts on Santa Shop Day
- Be Santa/Dancing dreidle
- Set up the Santa Shop
- Assist clients in gift selection
- And more
Cash donations are needed to complete the needs for gifts for all age groups.