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November 17
Santa Mart 2017

On Monday, December 4th, 2017

West Riverview Elementary School


The 7th Annual West Riverview Elementary School


What is it you ask?? Santa’s gift mart is a day when we transform the gym into a shopping center for the children.  Then, class by class, they get to come into the gym to purchase “gifts” for their family members.  Our WRES Elves will be there to help all the students with their “shopping”.  Gifts are reasonably priced  (average $1.00 - $5.00), and will be gift-wrapped, before going home with your child so that he or she can give them to their family members on Christmas morning! You will be amazed at what they pick up for you on their own!!! J


Where do the gifts come from?  The gifts are actually donations from you.  We are asking all families to donate gently used items from home. Here are some examples:  toys, books, DVDs, mittens, scarves, ornaments, candles, etc.  These are just a few examples of things you may have around home.  If you feel that you would rather go out and buy something for the event, please buy from the local dollar stores.  However, we are sure that every home has some items that can be donated, we all have those items we are not sure what to do with!!

(We ask that you please only donate hats or stuffed animals if they are new!)


How many gifts should I send in?  Every family is kindly asked to send in as many gifts as their child needs to buy. For example, if in your family, you have four people that your grade 2 student needs to buy for, you would donate a minimum of 4 items. If every family does this for every child they have at WRES, then we will have enough for every child to purchase something at the Gift Mart.  If you have an abundance of gently used items, and feel you would like to contribute more than the minimum, we will gladly take them off your hands! J While you are collecting your items, we ask you to also please set aside cereal boxes, gift bags, gift tags, tape, etc.  Any item that we could use to wrap the presents with, will be put to good use!  Gifts for Dads are always in high demand!!


Dates to Remember: 

  • Monday, November 20th until Nov 24th – Donation of Boxes, Wrapping paper, gift tags, tape, gift bags etc.

  • Monday, November 27th  - December 1st  Donation of Gifts*

  • Sunday, December 3rd - Set up for Gift Mart (Anyone is welcome to help!)

  • Monday, December 4th – it’s the 7th ANNUAL SANTA'S GIFT MART!!!

    (Donations can be sent in with your children.  They will be instructed where to bring them each morning.)


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Last year’s success was due to the great volunteers that we had! We couldn’t have done it without them!!! This year, we need assistant shoppers, wrappers, decorators and people to help set up and clean up. Any amount of time will help.  It’s so magical to see the looks on the children’s faces, that you will love giving up some time for this wonderful event!


If you have any questions, please contact Santa’s Gift Mart Co-ordinator,

Christina Dobson @ dobsonc11@gmail.com

We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation to make this event another GREAT success!