Fundraiser to Benefit Santa’s Workshop

By Anne Northrup

Last year Joey did not have any gifts under the Christmas tree for his parents or his big sister Nancy. This year little Joey is driving on a snowy Sunday afternoon in December to Santa’s Workshop with Nancy and their parents. In the back seat of the car he is holding his piggy bank to shop for Christmas presents for his family.

When the family walks into Santa’s Workshop they are greeted by Santa’s Elves. The Workshop is decorated for Christmas and filled with gifts to choose from. His parents are escorted to a private waiting area where they enjoy refreshments while the Elves help Joey and Nancy select presents for them. The kids and parents then each get a chance to privately pick out gifts for each other. The gifts are then taken to the elves’ gift wrap station where the gifts are individually wrapped.

Joey is not required to pay for the gifts, but very proud to be able to donate something for them so he drops fifty cents into the jar at checkout. The family leaves with two happy kids and their wrapped gifts that the kids will be able to put under their tree for Christmas morning. The spirit of giving is alive and well in them.

This is the concept of Santa’s Workshop. This is a highly confidential and special service that Family Support for Ellicottville feels is a great way to give back to our community by helping local families in need. Throughout the year, Family Support for Ellicottville directly helps families in the Ellicottville school district in a variety of ways. One hundred percent of all monies donated to Family Support remain in our community and support the needs that arise during these difficult economic times.

Family Support for Ellicottville (an affiliate of the Rotary Foundation for Youth) is a 501c3 charitable foundation so your donation is tax deductible.

How can you help? Save the date for the 11th annual “Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas” on Friday Dec. 2 at the Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) located on Monroe St. in Ellicottville.

Bob McCarthy’s spirit has spearheaded this fun-filled, amazing event that will directly benefit Santa’s Workshop. Although a monetary donation is preferred so that we can purchase gifts for particular age groups, we also happily accept unwrapped gifts.

You can bring your donations to the event on Dec. 2 or drop them off at 47 Elizabeth Street before the event.

At the Irish Christmas event, there will be a live auction, including handcrafted items from Ireland, one-of-a-kind furniture and woodwork, Irish whiskey and many other wonderful items.   

A number of original works by McCarthy will also be auctioned.

Back by popular demand this year, there will be the fabulous pie auction. Our locals have dug out their favorite recipes for pie, so you will see some extraordinary creations that you can bid on. Many of the pies are in a unique wooden box in the McCarthy tradition.

Music by Seanachie will kick off the festivities and keep the party going after the auction.  This is always a fun event—mark your calendars for Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. sharp!

Need help in figuring out ideas for gifts? Monetary donations are always the best but we can help steer you if you want to provide a gift. The gifts that we need are those for every age and gender including parents, teenagers, and children. Gift cards and certificates can provide a great night for one of the families.

What if you can’t make it to Irish Christmas on the Dec. 2?  No need to worry as you can drop off your unwrapped gift or monetary donation at 47 Elizabeth Street between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by Dec. 2. You can also send your donations to Family Support for Ellicottville, PO BOX 101, Ellicottville, NY 14731.  If you have any questions, call Greg at 474-7832.

Support your community and help provide a special holiday for those that need a little assistance. Giver’s Gain! Happy Holidays!