Santa’s Workshop coordinator Tracy Ell gets things ready for one of Enderby’s annual traditions. The workshop is located at 1304 Highway 97A

Santa’s Workshop coordinator Tracy Ell gets things ready for one of Enderby’s annual traditions. The workshop is located at 1304 Highway 97A

Santa’s Workshop opens doors

Santa’s helpers in Enderby are looking for some assistance

Santa’s helpers in Enderby are looking for some assistance.

Santa’s Workshop coordinators Jackie Pearase and Tracy Ell say they are open for business in the building next to Grant’s Tackle, 1304 Highway 97A.

The pair is looking for donations of new and gently used items suitable for Christmas gift giving plus boxes of all sizes so items can be packaged and wrapped.

They are also seeking volunteers to help clean, fix, sort and organize donations at the workshop and to work as shopping elves and wrappers at the various shopping events in December.

Donations are being accepted at the workshop and in donation boxes until Nov. 30.

People can drop off donations at the workshop during open hours: Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donation boxes are located at Ashton Creek General Store, Enderby & District Financial and McLeod Agencies in Enderby and the Riverfront Pub in Grindrod.

“The workshop has been operating in Enderby since the mid-1990s, starting as a way to involve local seniors while providing Christmas gifts to local children,” said Pearase.

“The event has evolved into an annual event where kids can experience making their own Christmas shopping decisions (with the assistance of a shopping elf), have their selections wrapped and enjoy the excitement of giving those gifts on Dec. 25.”

There is also a shopping day for seniors and another for teens and adults. All shopping events take place in the first two weeks of December.

All money raised by Santa’s Workshop goes toward local non-profits and programs that aid children. Family Place and local school lunch programs benefited from last year’s workshop.

For more information, contact Jackie at 250-838-0466 or Tracy at 250-838-0994.