Santa’s Workshop is Returning to PJ on December 14

We are excited for the return of this decades-old tradition at PJ.  Kids visit our very own Santa’s Workshop (the decorated gym) to select, purchase and wrap presents for family living in their home. All items are sold for $2. It is a huge treat for our children to do this independently and surprise their family with a gift. They are often the presents that must be opened first on Christmas morning! To make this wonderful PJ PAC event happen, there is a lot of coordinating, volunteering and gifts to be supplied. Santa’s Workshop requires at least 1,600 items to be donated, items to be sorted, the gym to be decorated, and cleaned-up.
PJ donates half of the funds collected to donate to a charity. This year we have selected Harvest Project. In addition, items left over following the workshop will be given to the Christmas Bureau.

Drop off GIFTS when you drop off your KIDS
All your gently used donations (someone’s future Christmas present) can be dropped off at the outside door to the gym (southwest corner of the school) each morning from November 28 through December 9.
Items we are collecting include:

  • Toys, complete puzzles and games
  • Small electronics
  • Sports items
  • Tools, gardening items
  • Jewelry, purses, bags
  • Ties and scarves (that can be washed), belts
  • Adult and teen books
  • Knickknacks, kitchen items
  • Christmas/holiday decorations
  • Unused/unopened makeup/cosmetics/bath products

Think of dads and teens, where we are often lacking enough appropriate gifts. We are also colleting gift wrap, ribbons, tape, bows, sticky labels, and jewelry boxes/bags so the kids can wrap gifts in the gym.
We are not taking food, items larger/heavier than a child can carry out, clothing or children’s books (the kids do not select these for their siblings).


Santa’s Workshop is a great community spirit event for our children, and for us adults. Coming into the school to assist will allow parents to connect and contribute to the PJ spirit. There are also some tasks that can be done at home if you are not able to spend time at the school. We will need assistance sorting items several mornings, washing items or testing electronics at home, setting up for the event, assisting at the event, feeding volunteers, and packing up un-sold items.

The volunteer sign-up sheets are available at:
Preparation From Nov 28-Dec 12
Set up day Dec 13
Market Day Dec 14

Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please contact Monique Schelle at