Santa’s helpers in Enderby are ready to help with your downsizing.
Donations of new and gently used items for Santa’s Workshop are being accepted until Dec. 2.
The workshop, located at 708 Cliff Ave., provides shopping events for kids to shop without their parents or guardians.
The shelves are stocked with gift ideas for moms, dads, grandparents, siblings and more. Prices are reasonable so everyone can find suitable gifts.
“Elves escort the kids to help them find the right gift for everyone on their lists and to keep them within budget,” said co-ordinator Tracy Ell.
“The gifts are then wrapped up before anyone on those lists can see what they are getting for Christmas.”
Volunteers have been going through donated items since Nov. 10, cleaning and making small fixes to things needing a little TLC. People have donated household items, tools, baby and pet gifts, gadgets, hunting and fishing gear, mitts, hats, games and more.
“We are especially pleased with the quality of the donations. People appreciate that we have little time and space to work with and are donating items that requires little effort to get ready for the shopping events,” said co-ordinator Jackie Pearase.
“But we still have room for more. We have two shopping events for kids, one for seniors and another for teens and adults, so that adds up to a lot of stuff.”
Things for all age groups are needed but gifts for teens and dads are often under-represented.
Monetary donations from local service groups help purchase extra items and pay expenses.
Children aged 12 and under can attend the Kids Only Shopping Spree Dec. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. or Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Seniors Only Shopping Spree is Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Teen and Adult Shopping Spree is Dec. 13 from 10 to 4 p.m.
The workshop is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Pearase at 250-838-0466 or Ell at 250-838-0994.
All proceeds from the workshop are donated back to the community.
Last year, funds went to the Enderby food bank and food programs at local schools.