There’s really only one rule at Santa’s Workshop.
“If they need a toy, I’m gonna give it to them," said Santa's Workshop chairman Deanna Ellis.
And that’s the way it’s been since 1983, when Santa’s Workshop was founded in Chickasha.
Families in need who qualify can sign up and load up on gifts for their children.
They typically help 500 families each year.
“I know you either buy a toy or you pay a bill. The bills have to come first, and that’s why it’s important to be here," said Ellis.
This week is their signature event when the workshop is open Monday through Friday.
Or at least that’s what they’re hoping.
“If we make it till Friday, we’ll be lucky,” said Ellis.
Donations are down this year, and the need up.
The group is asking for toys and monetary contributions.
Cherokee Waldon’s son is going to get a surprise from Santa.
He was pretty down when his bike was stolen earlier this year.
“I just saw this orange bike here, and that’s his favorite color. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to be able to get him something like this when I really can’t," said Waldon, a Chickasha resident.
“It breaks my heart to know that we have to be here, but it also makes my heart warm because we can," said Ellis.
The long-term goal of the shop is to have their own permanent place. Their space now is just temporary, and at the end of the week, they’re going to have to pack everything up and put it into storage. If you’d like to help, you can visit their Facebook page.