Children are encouraged to put together their loonies for the annual Kids Only Shopping Spree at Santa’s Workshop in Enderby.
Gift items are being prepared for the event Dec. 3 to 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1304 Highway 97A (the old Cliffs Café).
“There are lots of great gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and even teachers. Everything is affordably priced so no one leaves disappointed,” said Bonnie Smith, co-ordinator.
“There are also volunteers who act as elves. They help with the kids’ selections, make sure they stay within budget and then get everything wrapped and tagged before they leave.”
The event is popular every year with both kids and parents.
“The kids just love being able to shop for themselves. It gives them a real sense of accomplishment and they also get to share in the excitement of surprising everyone with their Christmas gifts,” said Smith.
“And a lot of parents love giving their kids the chance to Christmas shop on their own. The nervous parents are usually sold on the event when they see the proud smiles on their children’s faces at the end.”
Seniors can get in on the fun with the Seniors Only Shopping Spree Dec. 7 and everyone else can attend the Teen and Adult Shopping Spree Dec. 10. Both events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The elves are at these shopping events as well to help carry selections and keep a running tally but gift wrapping is left up to the shoppers,” said Smith.
To wrap everything up, Santa’s Workshop hosts a bag sale Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where everything left is sold for $2 per bag.
Smith believes the workshop’s success has a lot to do with community support.
“The IODE graciously gave us $500,” she said. “Donations are coming in very generously and volunteers are doing a great job.”
Donations of new and gently used gift items can be dropped off at the workshop, Ashton Creek Store or Enderby Credit Union until Nov. 26. Items for men and teens are always in short supply while large items and out-of-date electronics are discouraged.
The workshop also has a small store running where people can shop prior to the shopping sprees. The workshop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the shopping sprees are going to the lunch programs at Grindrod, M.V. Beattie and Ashton Creek elementary schools, A.L. Fortune Secondary School dry grad, Family Place and the local food bank.
For more information, contact Smith at 838-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by the workshop.