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Santa Shop held in Winchester

December 27, 2019

Twenty-eight children from surrounding towns were prepared for the Christmas holidays with the help of the Winchester Santa Shop. Parents had to sit in the Winchester Public Library enjoying cookies and punch served by the Friends of the Library representatives Carole Hochhalter and Dorla Osfar while the children shopped.

Twenty women from surrounding towns helped in the Shop. Some were personal shoppers helping each child pick out the perfect gift for family and friends. Some carefully wrapped each precious gift for the children and helped each child attach tags. Some totaled up each purchase with prices starting at 50 cents to $4. Two ladies even restocked the tables as the gifts were snatched up. 

Prior to the Santa Shop, many ladies go on a shopping mission to acquire the many beautiful items for the children to purchase. They bring back the treasurers they found to be retagged with the low prices for the children. The selection at the Shop is always first class. 

Coordinating all this activity is Connie LaHa Ghiloni of Winchester. Those interested in volunteering next year can call her at 715-686-2223.

Without the help of area service groups this Santa Shop would not be possible. The groups include the Winegar American Legion Post 480, Winegar Post 480 Auxiliary, St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Presque Isle, and Winchester Lions. 

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