SUMMIT, NJ - The Santa Claus Shop in Summit, for its 51st year, is gearing up to serve local families in need, prepping to provide more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights -- who are referred by local social services agents -- complimentary holiday shopping. 

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 a new toy for each child.  Local volunteers are responsible for the shop setup, 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 in Summit, where The Santa Claus Shop will be hosting a holiday gathering for senior citizens Tuesday, November 28, while families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only on Wednesday, November 29.

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The 2017 Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Denise Holmes, Laura Lameo, Jenn Moore and Diana Moran, and co-chaired by Liz Febo, Kourtney Matter, Franny McBride and Shelley Sherman. The endeavor exists solely on donations and volunteers, with monetary donations from area residents, local organizations and businesses enabling the Santa Claus Shop to purchase the gifts that allow less fortunate neighbors to experience the joy of holiday giving without financial burden.

The Santa Claus Shop chairwomen are now asking, in order to keep the holiday spirit alive for those in the community, 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 by visiting  For more information, visit