Santa’s Workshop in Enderby is now in full swing.
Volunteers are at the workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday to accept donations of new and gently used items.
Donations are sorted, cleaned, repaired if needed and boxed up for the Kids Only Shopping Spree or put away for the shopping events for seniors or teens and adults.
“We are looking for things young people can give to their mom, dad, siblings, grandparents – things you want to see under the tree at Christmas,” said Tracy Ell, who organizes the workshop with sister Jackie Pearase and a group of volunteers.
Gifts for dads and teens are often in short supply, especially with the increased desire for the latest technology.
“We have to get kids to think outside the box when they’re shopping so a wide selection is key,” said Pearase. “Think about things you want for Christmas.”
Dads love tools, socks, gadgets, hunting and fishing gear, hats, sports memorabilia, barbecue gear, gag gifts and décor for the man cave or shop.
Items appropriate to donate for teens include DVDs and CDs, pajama pants, boxers, toiletry packs, funky socks, ball caps, gift cards, ear buds, lip balm and slippers.
Other great gift ideas include garden tools, jewelry, household items, scarves, hats and mitts, decor and games.
The volunteers also create themed gift baskets using many smaller items and mugs with small gifts and goodies.
While the gift items are priced so every kid can find things for everyone on their list, the event is not solely for families in need.
“We want to give kids a unique Christmas experience by letting them do their own shopping and having low prices helps make that happen for everyone,” said Pearase.
“It is really about building self-esteem and seeing those huge smiles when they walk out with wrapped gifts they picked.”
This year’s Kids’ Only Shopping Spree is Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Seniors Shopping Spree is Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Teen and Adult Shopping Spree is Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donations can be dropped off at the workshop, located at 1001 Belvedere St. (next to Personal Fine Wines) until Nov. 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday. A donation box is also located at the Ashton Creek Store.
Proceeds from Santa’s Workshop are donated to local non-profits benefitting children and families.