Enderby opens Santa’s Workshop

Children aged 12 and under can take part in a Kids Only Shopping Spree today from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop co-ordinator Tracy Ell puts out some of the items for the Kids Only Shopping Spree

Santa’s Workshop co-ordinator Tracy Ell puts out some of the items for the Kids Only Shopping Spree

Kids are invited to do some Christmas shopping at Santa’s Workshop in Enderby.

Children aged 12 and under can take part in a Kids Only Shopping Spree today from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The donations this year have been fantastic,” said Jackie Pearase, co-ordinator.

“We have great gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, siblings and everyone in between.”

Volunteers have spent the last month cleaning, sorting, fixing and organizing the many donations brought in by the public for the various shopping events being held over the next week.

“Today and Saturday are dedicated to helping youngsters pick out suitable gifts for the people on their Christmas lists then wrapping up their selections so they get to share in the true excitement of giving something that no one else knows about,” said Tracy Ell, co-ordinator.

The selection includes everything: household items, toys, mitts, scarves, baskets, puzzles, jewelry, tools and more.

The children are escorted through the workshop by elves who help keep them to task and on budget. More volunteers are on hand to wrap up the gifts and tag them accordingly.

The workshop also hosts a Seniors Only Shopping Spree Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Teen and Adult Shopping Spree Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A bag sale Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will sell off leftovers at $2 per bag.

The money raised by the shopping events goes toward the Enderby Food Bank, the Enderby Community Resource Centre and breakfast/lunch programs at local schools.

The workshop is located at 724 Cliff Ave.