Santa’s elf Donna Kennedy puts out a keyboard on the “shopping” floor at Santa’s Workshop. Photo by Terry Farrell

Santa’s elf Donna Kennedy puts out a keyboard on the “shopping” floor at Santa’s Workshop. Photo by Terry Farrell

Santa’s Workshop in Courtenay has helped more than 500 children already

Still time to book a shopping day

It’s the final week for Santa’s Workshop, and while more than 250 families have already been helped, there’s still time for more to take advantage of the Comox Valley’s generosity.

“We are still accepting bookings, but at the moment we have helped and 556 children from 270 families, and that’s including grandparents,” said Santa’s Workshop co-ordinator, Pat Potratz. “People can still book for shopping until Friday.”

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Elves have been working on refurbishing toys since the beginning of November.

Bikes are always a popular item, and this year was no different in that regard.

“We have fixed more than 300 biked this year,” said Santa’s Workshop president, Larry Clay. “They won’t all get distributed, but what isn’t taken this year will go back into my garage for next year.”

Toys are no longer being accepted for this year.

Families in need of a hand to get presents for their children can call 250-897-0098 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) to book a shopping day. Santa’s Workshop will remain open for ‘shopping’ until Friday, Dec. 20.



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Elves Larry Clay (left) and Robert Pokorny work their magic at the electronics desk at Santa’s Workshop. Photo by Terry Farrell

Elves Larry Clay (left) and Robert Pokorny work their magic at the electronics desk at Santa’s Workshop. Photo by Terry Farrell