Santas Anonymous in Vernon is making sure every child gets a toy this Christmas

Everyone can be Santa

Victoria Femia

It's gift-giving season and one local group is making sure every child wakes up to a present under the tree this Christmas.

Vernon’s Santas Anonymous created a workshop filled with toys, clothes, books and more at no cost, for families in need to come in and shop for gifts for their children.

“We’re trying to help out the parents with children 12 and under with their Christmas and birthdays. If they are struggling financially, we give them that little bit extra where they don’t have to go out and actually spend money on Christmas presents,” says society president Perry Wainwright.

Parents are required to bring their child’s care card in order for the volunteers to identify the child they are shopping for. Appointments to pick up gifts are required due to a limited number of people allowed in the workshop at once.

Santas Anonymous is accepting donations of gifts for children under 12, such as toys, books, clothes and whatever people think is necessary.

They are also accepting Christmas decorations such as artificial trees, lights and wrapping paper.

People interested in donating to Santas Anonymous can either drop off their donations to their location at #2 - 4320 29th St., Vernon, or place them in the various drop boxes located around the city.

The bins to drop off donations can be found at Cobs Bread, Vernon Teach and Learn, Nicholas Alexander Home and Garden, Teeter Totter Toys and Raven Hair Studio.

Wainwright says they are looking to add more bins around the city as well.

Santas Anonymous will be open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for drop offs and pick up appointments until Dec. 14.

Masks are required upon entry.

Information can also be found on their website.

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