SUMMIT, NJ - The Santa Claus Shop will open its doors to area families December 3, marking its 47th consecutive year of providing complimentary holiday shopping to more than 500 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights who are referred by local social services agents.  

The Santa Claus Shop guests personally select a household item, new clothing for each member of their immediate family, a hat and mittens, a book, and new toy for each child.  Local volunteers are responsible for the shop set up, personal shopping services for each guest, gift wrapping and clean up.

This year’s Santa Claus Shop will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue in Summit.  The Santa Claus Shop will be hosting a holiday gathering for senior citizens December 2, with families offered shopping hours by invitation only on December 3.

The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Amanda Grainger, Stacy O’Connor, Lisa Parkes, and Sarah Roberts, and co-chaired by Allison Busam, Katie Darcy, Elizabeth Fagan, and Kelly Iacovelli.  

The Santa Claus Shop exists solely on the donations of local businesses, organizations, and residents.  With monetary donations, the Santa Claus Shop can purchase the gifts that allow less fortunate neighbors to experience the joy of holiday giving without the financial burden.

To keep the holiday spirit alive for those in the community, the Santa Claus Shop chairwomen ask for checks to be made payable to SHIP, with Santa Claus Shop noted on the check’s memo line, and mailed to the Santa Claus Shop, P.O. Box 119, Summit, NJ 07901. 

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