A dream come true
While Santa’s workshop has remained a growing success in the past four years, event organizers are most pleased with the “domino effect” of Christmas spirit that has moved across Palestine.
“It has always been our hope that more and more downtown shops will see what we are doing and begin decorating themselves,” Durisoe said. “People have been very complementary of our efforts here, and we have seen them get excited and begin putting out their decorations.
“It is so rewarding, so satisfying,” she added. “It just has a feeling to it, like a story of people remembering the downtown Christmases of their youth — of strolling and shopping downtown at Christmastime.”
Sheridan and Durisoe are very grateful for the support given by the many volunteers and organizations that have contributed to the success of Santa’s Workshop.
“Members of the new semi-pro football team all came out to help paint,” Sheridan said. “We mentioned to the National Guard that we needed some help and had over 20 of them show up.”
Several businesses have shown their support through the donation of supplies and volunteers including: Jeremy Dearman of Lowe’s, Adam Harding of Walmart, Anthony at McCoy’s and the local Sherwin-Williams store.
“The City of Palestine has been very supportive as well in helping us to promote the event,” Sheridan said. “Having their support makes the whole experience possible.”
Help is still needed, including decorators, elves, greeters, gift wrappers, photographers as well as tangible donations of trees, lights, area rugs and cotton batting.
To donate to or volunteer with Santa’s Workshop, call 903-724-2625.
Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com