Santa setting up workshop

Volunteers needed as Enderby tradition gets ready for Christmas

Santa is once again setting up shop in Enderby.

Co-ordinators Jackie Pearase and Tracy Ell have secured space for Santa’s Workshop at 724 Cliff Ave.  and a meeting for anyone interested in volunteering will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the workshop.

Santa’s Workshop gives kids an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts with volunteer elves who help children select gifts within their budgets and then wrap their selections.

“The kids love to pick out the gifts themselves,” said Pearase.

Volunteers are needed to help clean, mend, price, organize and set up for the shopping sprees.

“We would love to have some people on board who have the skills and some time to do things like fix electrical toys, refurbish wooden toys, do puzzles, fix up dolls or just do general fixing,” noted Pearase.

With a short time period before the shopping sprees in early December, people are urged to bring in donations sooner rather than later. The workshop opens Nov. 6.

“We will have a lot of work to do in not a lot of time so getting donations early will help, as will getting things in good condition or even new,” said Ell.

Donations for Santa’s Workshop include anything suitable for children to give to those on their Christmas lists: mom, dad, uncles, aunts, grandparents, siblings and cousins.

Good gift ideas for men include tools, gloves, work socks, hunting and fishing gear, shaving kits and gadgets. Household items, garden tools, hair accessories, tool kits, health and beauty items, jewelry, picture frames, scarves, small working appliances and yoga mats all make good gifts for women.

“Just think about what you would want to get for Christmas,” said Pearase.

Volunteers ask that people refrain from donating out-of-date electronics and very large items.

All items are cleaned, mended and made like new before being sorted for the different shopping sprees.

“The workshop also needs small boxes, gift bags, baskets and other unique containers that can be made into gift baskets, packing straw, cellophane, tape, tissue paper and wide ribbon,” said Ell.

Items can be dropped off at the workshop or the donation boxes located at the Enderby and District Credit Union, Sutherlands Bakery and Ashton Creek General Store.

A small store is also set up at the workshop with items that are not suitable for the shopping sprees.

The workshop, located just off the corner of Sicamous Street and Cliff Avenue, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Kids Only Shopping Spree will be Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Seniors Only Shopping Spree will be Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Teen and Adult Shopping Spree will be 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.

All the money raised is donated to local non-profit groups supporting children, including the food bank.

For more information, contact Pearase at 250-838-0466 or or drop by the workshop.