EUREKA – The Humboldt Grange is getting an early start on a new Christmas program.
They are teaming up with the Eureka Host Lions Club for the Santa’s workshop project.
Saturday they held a rummage sale and flea market at their location today at the bottom of Humboldt Hill.
Money raised will go to purchase gifts for kindergartners at Pine Hill and South Bay schools.
In December, the Grange will be transformed into Santa’s workshop where children can visit with Santa and pick out gifts for their families.
The event is modeled after the winter express program held every year in McKinleyville.
They hope to raise $6,000 and hold the event every year.
“It’s wonderful. Children are fantastic and they’re great,” said Jerry Carter, the Santa of the program and President of the Eureka Host Lions Club, “Their imaginations just run wild at that age. This gives them an experience to be able to shop for members within their family. It’s a new experience for all of us. We know we need community help.”
“We see it as a community building project,” added Kathy Moley, Humboldt Grange Secretary, “For us at the Humboldt Grange we’re very community oriented and community based and the South Bay campus and the Pine Hill campus are our neighborhood schools so we’re working to build relationships with them.”