Santa Claus of Chaffey District, Inc. Ready for Season of Giving

ONTARIO – Santa’s workshop may be located in the North Pole, but he appears to have a satellite campus right off of East D Street in Ontario. Step inside a non-descript concrete block building at 1330 East D Street, and you will see about 20 of Santa’s elves who work year round to bring joy to hundreds of area families and nearly 5,000 children annually.This is one of dozens of non-profit organizations in the City of Ontario, but what makes this one unique is its emphasis of giving toys and gifts to children and families during just a six-day period in November and December.This is the “Made in Ontario” story of Santa Claus of Chaffey District, Inc., which has been in operation as a community service organization since 1955. The organization’s sole purpose is to provide toys and clothing at Christmas time for needy children within the cities of Ontario, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Chino and Fontana. They are a volunteer, non-profit, charitable-based organization whose support comes entirely from tax-deductible donations. To make this project possible, it requires many volunteers contributing their time and talents.“I do this because I can’t stand the thought of any child not having a good Christmas,” said Pat Ross, a retired attorney who is now Executive Director of Santa Claus of Chaffey District, Inc.When you walk through the workshop, volunteers are found in every room organizing, cleaning, repairing and wrapping the donated toys. One batch of “elves” is placed at the bicycle repair and motorized vehicle repair station – well, in some cases, a Barbie-car repair station. These volunteers have bicycles perched on a stand as they repair the tires, fix the brakes, and shine the bikes.This isn’t the only station. Carol Williams, who has been volunteering for about 20 years, points out the woodshop where men hand-make crates that later serve as the vessel that will hold some of the packaged toys distributed to families. She also points out all of the other stations: quilting, Barbie, baby clothes, family gift, and mechanical repair stations.And behind every station is at least one volunteer. In fact, it is volunteers and donations that make this operation a success. Donations are used to cover the operating expenses; and the donations are eventually given to the children and families.Everything donated to Santa Claus Chaffey District, Inc. comes from the local community, and is given away by Santa Claus in December of each year. Recipients are referred by school and county nurses, social service organizations, churches and county welfare. Each child receives two toys, some books and candy. Children under the age of 1 receive clothing. Some families are randomly selected to receive an additional gift such as a wagon, doll house, rocking horse, bicycle, child size table and chairs, electronic items and special baskets of house old items.Applications to participate will be accepted November 16 to 21 between 9 AM to 3 PM. Once the application is processed, toys will be handed out December 12, 13 and 14th from 8 AM to 4 PM.To learn more, call (909)984-6627 or visit www.santaclauschaffey.com.