Santa’s Shop was offically scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. But when Santa’s helpers arrived shortly before 9 a.m. there already was a line of eager patrons. Most of those stood in line for the official opening two hours hence.
The area was so packed with wonderful donations that we had to limit those who came in to about six at a time, yet no one complained. Everyone was patient, police and so appreciative.
Some gave a donation for the items they took while others could not make a donation. It mattered not. What was important was that everyone had opportunity to put items under the tree for Christmas 2010.
Donations were even brought in that opening day. The shop continues to be supplied and re-supplied with gifts for all ages. An unknown quantity of items will be arriving Monday as a result of an annual toy drive put on by the Medford Gun Club. We are told this generally contains more than just toys and promises to be a sizeable donation.
Santa’s helpers said if you have someone who really has an item of want or need on their list, let the helpers know and maybe they can help you.
Among the arrivals was another fully decorated tree. Sandi Erskine, manager of Premier West Bank in Eagle Point, bought a toy covered tree at the FFA auction last Saturday evening and donated it to Santa’s Shop.
Santa’s helpers found it especially rewarding as children selected gifts for their brothers and sisters, parents and often their grandparents. And in most cases they had some money to donate. It was fun as they asked to have the items gift wrapped. They selected from an abundance of paper, ribbons and tags as they “supervised” that process.
Santa’s Shop is open Monday through Saturday through Dec. 23 from 11-4:30 p.m. It is located in the two story house on Main St. in downtown Eagle Point, across from Chase Bank. Please use the side entrance, to your right as you face the building.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent