Santa’s Workshop is a decades-old tradition at PJ. Kids visit our very own Santa’s Workshop (the decorated gym) to select, purchase and wrap presents for immediate family members. 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 raised $2826.55, half of which went to PJPAC and half to Family Services of the North Shore. In addition, items left over following the workshop were donated to the Christmas Bureau.
Drop off schedule
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) on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and Friday mornings and afternoons, from November 15 to December 18.
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 collecting gift wrap, tape, bows, gift bags of all sizes, labels, and jewelry boxes/bags so the kids can wrap gifts in the gym. We are not accepting food, items larger/heavier than a child can carry out, clothing or children’s books (the kids do not select these for their siblings).
Whether you have one hour to spare or three… we have a job for you!
Collection from November 15th – December 18th
Help us to collect, move and sort our Santa’s workshop gifts! Help to move donations inside in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday or Friday or sort and box donations on Friday afternoon. Sign up sheet.
Preparation, washing and testing the gifts on December 15th or 18th
Assist with the preparation and cleaning of donations! We need some help testing electronics, washing stuffies and cleaning/packaging jewellery. Sign up here.
Set up and Event Day December 18th – 20th
We need some help moving items and starting set up on December 18th but most of the work happens on the 19th. So much to do from setting up our market tables to decorating the gym. We are also asking parents to drop off snacks for our volunteers, help with gifts, assist with our wrapping station, collect money and then stick around to clean up after.
Sign up here.
Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please email our Santa’s Workshop Lead.