SUMMIT, NJ - The Santa Claus Shop, which serves more than 1,000 struggling family members and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights, will once again open its doors to area families, providing its 47th consecutive year of complimentary holiday shopping. Santa Claus Shop guests, who are referred by local social services agents, personally select gifts for their family, which include a household item, new clothing, and a new toy and book for each child.
The shop exists solely on monetary donations from local businesses, charitable organizations, and area residents. With these donations, The Santa Claus Shop can purchase the gifts that allow participants to experience the joy of holiday giving without the financial burden. Volunteers, from local organizations and residents of the service area, are responsible for the Shop set up, personal shopping services for each guest, gift wrapping and clean up. Westy’s Storage, Chatham, will provide transportation and storage of items donated to the Santa Claus Shop, and CubeSmart, East Hanover, provided storage facilities for supplies during 2013.
This year’s Santa Claus Shop will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 587 Springfield Ave. in Summit. Families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only on Dec. 4. The Santa Claus Shop will also be hosting a holiday luncheon for senior citizens Dec. 3.
The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Stacie Collins, Carrie Fallon, Beth Little, and Jenna Smith, and co-chaired by Amanda Grainger, Kim Morander, Stacy O’Connor, Lisa Parkes and Sarah Roberts.
To help 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. Online donations can be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.