We are partnering with The Shoppe in Ripon to offer Santa photos in exchange for unwrapped toy donations or monetary donations to provide local Ripon families in need with Christmas gifts. This toy drive is in partnership with the Ripon Police Department who operates the Christmas Present Delivery Program.
Santa will be at The Shoppe in Ripon (331 Pine Street, Ripon – located inside Tribute Tile) on Saturdays November 28, December 5, 12, and 19. Santa will be there from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Rachael Venema Photography will be at The Shoppe on Saturday, December 5 and 12 offering professional Santa photos.
On these two dates we ask that you bring a minimum $25 donation or an unwrapped toy/gift donation that can be given as Christmas gifts to local Ripon families in need. You will receive a digital file of your child(ren) photographed with Santa.
Here is a list of the gift requests from the Ripon families that the Ripon Police Department has received so far (we will add more to the lists as requests are given to Ripon PD):
- Female, Age 17: clothes, music, interested in cathedrals, and American culture
- Female, Age 2: painting, bike, ride on toys
- Female, Age 6: outside toys, dolls, books
- Female, Age 8: art stuff, science stuff, math games, outside toys, sports equip.
- Female, Age 13: drawing, lizards, animals, American Girl
- Female, Age 15: music, clothing, skateboard, bike equip, bike
- Female, Age 9: arts, crafts, outdoor stuff, cowgirl stuff
- Male, Age 10: art (draw and paint), legos, video games, stuffed animals, science stuff
- Male, Age 8: outdoor activities, legos, super heroes, toys, remote cars, stuffed animals
The elves at The Shoppe in Ripon are busy building the Christmas setup for where Santa will sit to take photos with your kids!
To provide safety for Santa and those attending for professional Santa photos on December 5th and 12th, the following will be in place:
- Priority will be given to those who signed up for a specific time slot. They will get a pass to the front of the line and not have to wait for their photo. (time slot sign-up will be first emailed to the RVP Email List on November 19th) and then posted publicly on Social Media on November 23rd.
- Masks will be worn until everyone is in place for the photo. Children in 3rd grade and younger do not have to wear a mask.
- The setup will be located just inside a large open door warehouse. So basically outdoors but out of the elements if it rains.
- Children will sit on a rug or bench near the tree instead of on Santa’s lap.
- Santa will not wear a mask in the photos.
- Photographer and assistants will wear a mask when interacting with those getting their photo taken.
- Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available if needed.
- We will do everything possible to make this a positive experience for everyone that attends. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact The Shoppe or Rachael Venema.
Thank you so much for partnering with us, The Shoppe and the Ripon Police Department to provide Christmas gifts for Ripon residents. So many are struggling and hurting this year. Thank you for partnering with us to spread joy and to bless others. We truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Stay tuned…. we’ll be announcing a GIVEAWAY that will be given to one of the families who participate on the Santa Photos/Toy Drive dates.