Like its North Pole head office, the Secret Santa Shoppe in Sarnia would grind to a halt if not for an army of busy elves.
The 8th annual event at Pathways Health Centre for Children gives kids a chance to do their Christmas shopping away from prying eyes.
No parents are allowed in the Shoppe. That’s the rule.
Last year, 800 children bought 4,000 pre-wrapped and brand-new gifts for family and friends, priced from $3 to $10.
There’s also cookie decorating, a Christmas Cafe and treats.
But it’s the host of volunteers who assist young bargain hunters and who shop and giftwrap year-round that make it all go, officials say.
Last year’s event raised $20,000 for centre programs and services.
The Secret Santa Shoppe concludes this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more, call 519-542-3471.