On, July 28, Encore ACTS (Achieving Change Through Service, www.voa.org) converged on Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow just east of Middlefield. The Encore volunteers came to help keep this magical place in tip-top shape for terminally ill children and their families who will visit Santa.
Twenty-one volunteers arrived early in the morning and worked diligently until after lunch. They painted, stained, landscaped, repaired fences and prepared the new school for the teddy bears’ upcoming year of education. The 90-plus acres now features more than 60 buildings, a putt-putt course, fishing lake and much more. This facility is not open to the public, as Santa provides it as a special place for terminally ill children, their families and also disabled veterans. But it requires an incredible amount of yearly maintenance. Volunteers are needed. Contact Santa’s elves through the website: www.santashideawayhollow.com.