In a whirlwind month of shopping and toy hunting, the volunteers at Santa’s Workshop hope Christmas shoppers can pick up an extra present for those in need.
Bill Kennedy, president of Santa’s Workshop, said the need for new and used toys along with bikes (between 20 and 24 inches) are high.
Kennedy said last year Santa’s Workshop, which accepts donations of new and gently used toys, bikes, electronics and monetary donations for families in need, helped 330 families in the Comox Valley last year, which totalled 739 children.
This year, Kennedy expects the need to be the same, but donations have been slow to come in.
He encourages anyone who wants to drop off donations to do so before Dec. 14 at 97 Riverside Lane in Courtenay (behind Pizza Hut, across from the Old House Hotel and Spa).
Families who register for a gift can go ‘shopping’ on Dec. 23, explained Kennedy, and pick their gift — a new toy and a used toy — along with a bike, a game, puzzles and books.
Dropoff locations for gifts throughout the Valley include the Driftwood Mall, Fabricland, Walmart, Curves in Courtenay, Dairy Queen the Comox Mall and the Courtenay and District Museum.
Santa’s Workshop is daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 250-897-1994.