Santa’s (Hope House) Workshop







Santa’s elves prepare bags for delivery to children whose Christmases might otherwise be meager. From the left: Belinda Jones, Kimberly Jones, James Gibson, Judy Price, and Sheila McHan display their elf-wares. Bags are customized to more than 250 families who submit names of their children and clothing sizes. (Some of the clothes are visible in the background.) Every bag contains properly-sized shoes, socks, and underwear for each child, along with a set of outer clothes – trousers and shirt – and a coat or hoodie for each. Little kids get two toys apiece, and there are toothbrushes, toothpaste, crayons, coloring books, boggans, and gloves all around. The photo that didn’t make the cut showed the long hallway behind the workshop completely filled, wall-to-wall as far as the eye can see, figuratively speaking, with the already-assembled 50-pound black bags ready for pickup and delivery. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself musing about things like the real meaning of Christmas and why they call the place providing it “Hope House.” – Ron Gholson

Santa’s elves prepare bags for delivery to children whose Christmases might otherwise be meager. From the left: Belinda Jones, Kimberly Jones, James Gibson, Judy Price, and Sheila McHan display their elf-wares. Bags are customized to more than 250 families who submit names of their children and clothing sizes. (Some of the clothes are visible in the background.) Every bag contains properly-sized shoes, socks, and underwear for each child, along with a set of outer clothes – trousers and shirt – and a coat or hoodie for each. Little kids get two toys apiece, and there are toothbrushes, toothpaste, crayons, coloring books, boggans, and gloves all around. The photo that didn’t make the cut showed the long hallway behind the workshop completely filled, wall-to-wall as far as the eye can see, figuratively speaking, with the already-assembled 50-pound black bags ready for pickup and delivery. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself musing about things like the real meaning of Christmas and why they call the place providing it “Hope House.” – Ron Gholson