A huge, huge thank you to the amazing group of guys who fundraise for Operation Santa all year and do an ENORMOUS toy shop at Smyths Toys each year. They also fund a huge Christmas Party for 100 local children with a full Christmas lunch and entertainment too. What a bunch of absolute stars.
Today Simon, Mike, Carl and Jason gave up their Sunday with their families and were up at the crack of dawn to go to Smyths in Longridge, where the lovely Shane [Store Manager], arranged to open the store an hour earlier, so they could shop like VIP’s and gave them a 20% discount, plus some free toys. They had a huge shopping session, filling trolleys with the biggest presents they could find and there was so much it filled two large vans! Bless them and their commitment to making a difference to local children who may otherwise think that Santa has forgotten them. The toy of the day was the 6 foot long caterpillar chosen by Carl and the elves, and I are wondering quite how this could be wrapped! Let’s just say it’s a good job we are extending into another room tomorrow as the grotto has never been this full ever! Here are some photos of the boys in action, doing the ultimate Christmas shop!