Santa's Toy Shop

  • December 18, 2012 · 3:15 PM

You are invited to a heartwarming volunteer event!

It's time again to sign up for volunteering at the Salvation Army for the Santa's Toy Shop Program. I have volunteered for this program for the last 12 years and I LOVE it! We had a good number of people go last year. This year, we are going to go on Tuesday, Dec 18 for the 3:30-7:00pm shift, for whomever wants to come! I need to round up 50 people to help out during this time.

My other meetup group will also be joining us ---  http://www.meetup.com/Out-and-About-in-St-Paul/events/83044612/

**If you'd like to contribute but just can't make it and/or if you can volunteer with us but would like contribute more, please think about donating some games/toys/etc. for teenage boys and girls. They normally have a very limited selection and are annually in need of more toys for this age group. If you want to drop them off to me, I will coordinate with the Toy Shop to drop them off there. If you'd like to drop them off to the Salvation Army or another location (ie store), please contact Jennie at [masked]

The location is still up in the air. The Salvation Army is looking for a BIG place in St. Paul to have this event – so if you have any ideas or leads, please email Jennie. Wear comfortable clothing and don't bring valuables. Dinner/snacks/drinks are provided for us for free.

The Christmas Toy Shop Program houses all of the toys that are donated by the public at different stores. This program invites parents in need to select gifts/toys for their children for the holidays. As a volunteer on this day, you can either choose to help parents select toys for their children or help "man" the tables with the toys (making sure that the tables are always filled with toys, helping parents/volunteers find toys) or other jobs like check people in, etc.

This is a great opportunity; normally everyone who participates loves it! Kids can volunteer if they are older than 18 years old. If you have a specific question about a child volunteering with you, please contact Jennie at [masked] (she is the Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator). 

My goal is to try and get at least 50 volunteers for our shift! You can bring family, friends, coworkers, etc. Please pass this email on and have anyone who is interested to contact me at [masked] Thank you SO much! Last year, I rallied around 60 volunteers! Would love to have you join us. It's such a great experience to "give back" to the community. You will definitely make a difference!

I look forward to experiencing this with you! We can decide there what jobs we will have and I will send out a reminder to you before this event.

If interested, please email me your full name and email address ASAP as spaces are filling up fast! I will send out more information to those who sign up closer to the event day!

THANK YOU for helping out! Michelle

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  • Judy

    Hello,
    I haven't been to a meet-up yet and would like to get started.This group seems to focus on helping others and that sounds like a great way to start..I would have loved to have helped out with the Santa helpers but would be happy to start where and when you meet up again..

    December 22, 2012

    • Michelle

      This event is over Judy

      December 22, 2012

  • Gene

    A very enjoyable experience.

    December 19, 2012

  • Paulette

    This was my first Santa 's Workshop and it was the most wonderful volunteering experience I ever had. I will definitely do this again.
    Thanks Michelle for organizing this.
    Paulette

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • Michelle

    Wonderful event. We had about 33 people there tonight from meetup in total. And we served over 450 families between 4pm - 7pm. Was a great time, thanks for doing this with me!

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • Michelle

    we need 5 more people!!! Yikes! People canceled..if interested, please email me your email address ASAP.

    December 17, 2012

  • Michelle

    I need 2-4 more volunteers. If interested, please email me ASAP

    December 17, 2012

  • Michelle

    Can everyone on the RSVP list make this event? You should have reeived an email from me last week about it.

    December 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hii michele. I plan on attending. Denise with no photo. Thank you

      December 16, 2012

  • Michelle

    We have 44 people total for this event and that's wonderful. If you can't go for some reason, please let me know ASAP. I will send out another email either tonight or tomorrow afternoon as another reminder, can't wait!

    December 16, 2012

  • Michelle

    So far from this group, I have as confirmed; Paulette, one of the Denise's (don't know if this is the one with the photo or not), and Gene. I am also adding in Barbara - you will get an email from me now. The other person on the waiting list - if you can still come, email me ASAP.

    December 16, 2012

  • Michelle

    I also don't have Steve signed up either... so if you guys don't email me ASAP, I am going to let others come in your place. Thanks.

    December 16, 2012

  • Michelle

    Denise - I only have 1 of you signed up, so please email me to see which one. And let me know if you are the one with the photo or not.

    December 16, 2012

  • Barbara Czech C.

    Yes. I plan to be there. Location?

    December 16, 2012

  • Margie

    I"m still hoping there'll be room for me to attend. I did this last year and loved it.

    December 15, 2012

    • Michelle

      Margie, email me... thanks

      December 16, 2012

  • Gene

    Yes, I still plan to be there. Gene

    December 15, 2012

  • Michelle

    If I have your email, you should get 2 of the same email from me tonight - one from meetup.com and one from my usfamily.net email. :) If you can't go, please change your RSVP and if you want to come or didn't get the email, let me know. Thanks

    December 6, 2012

  • Michelle

    I *still* need email addresses for: Denise (without a photo), LeeJay, Steve, Debbie, Wendy. Please email them to me ASAP. Thanks.

    November 19, 2012

  • Michelle

    Ok I have DENISE's email but not the other Denise. Can you pls email to me? Thanks.

    November 19, 2012

  • Michelle

    I *still* need email addresses for: Denise, LeeJay, Sally, Steve, Debbie, Wendy, and Gary. Please email them to me ASAP. Thanks.

    November 18, 2012

  • Michelle

    I just sent an email with our location for this event. Please remove yourselves from the attendance list if you cannot go so others can get in. More information to come in about 2-3 weeks closer to the event.

    November 18, 2012

  • Michelle

    Hi everyone

    I already have more than 50 people for this event BUT wanted to offer it to this group as well Donna - that's why such a low # of people.

    I will send out more information in a week or two about this event to try to solidify who is all coming, who needs to cancel etc. If you want to be on the waiting list you can and MAY be able to get in. Salv. Army emailed me today that they have a lot of people for this event... so, if you can't go, let me know ASAP.

    I will try to send out an email this weekend to those of you who are signed up to see if you can still attend and with the location of this event too since I just found out. :)

    November 16, 2012

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