Elves keep Secret Santa Shoppe humming

Michael Willis, 12, checks his Christmas shopping list with the help of volunteer Rersia Baha, 15. Glenn Ogilvie

Journal Staff

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.

No peeking dad, this isn't for you. Jenna Sutcliffe, 11, the daughter of Steve and Tammy, makes eye contact with her father who was enjoying a coffee outside the gift room. No parents are allowed in the Secret Santa Shop. Glenn Ogilvie

No peeking dad, this isn’t for you. Jenna Sutcliffe, 11, the daughter of Steve and Tammy, makes eye contact with her father who was enjoying a coffee outside the gift room. No parents are allowed in the Secret Santa Shop.
Glenn Ogilvie

Dylan Branton, 8, the son of Melanie and Kevin, of Corunna,  samples a tastefully decorated cookie he made at the Secret Santa Shop on Nov. 21 Glenn Ogilvie

Dylan Branton, 8, the son of Melanie and Kevin, of Corunna, samples a tastefully decorated cookie he made at the Secret Santa Shop on Nov. 21
Glenn Ogilvie