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October 4, 2013

Santa wants home for holidays

CHICKASHA —

After 30 years of giving Christmas to needy children all across Grady County, Santa has found himself homeless. 

Santa's Workshop, a local organization which makes it possible for parents to give their children gifts for Christmas, has lost their building. 

Their building was donated by Richard Adams for six years, but unfortunately the location is now for sale. 

Treadaway said they would like for the shop to stay close to downtown, to make it easier for those parents who shop. 

The space will need two rooms: one for storage and another to act as a "shop" where the presents can be set up for parents to choose from. 

Treadaway said that in the past, the space has been donated. Santa's Workshop cannot pay a monthly rent, but will cover the utilities. Currently, all the organization has is a storage building which has to be paid for. 

Santa's Workshop is a 501c3 organization. Documentation can be provided for tax write off purposes. 

Treadaway said that ideally, Santa's Workshop would like to have a place by November. Volunteers begin shopping at this time.

A group from the University of Science and Art Oklahoma provide books for the children. Parents can choose one big gift ($20 or under) one small gift ($10 or under) and a book. 

The shop opens for parents between Dec. 17 and Dec. 20. 

There will be a section with used clothing and toys which parents can select from on a first come, first serve basis. 

It takes about $12,000 to $20,000 each year for Santa's Workshop to provide for over a thousand children throughout Grady County. 

Last year, Santa's Workshop provided gifts for 1,050 children and 432 families. 

Applications for families will be available at WIC, DHS, the health department and Head Start on Nov. 1. 

Any family that needs assistance this Christmas is encouraged to apply, Treadaway said. The families are selected on a case by case basis and factors such as number of children are taken into account. 

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