Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, described as “A Magical Place Tucked in Your Heart Where the Spirit of Christmas Lasts Forever”, began as a dream, and was completed in 1992. What started out as a desire to help terminally ill children and their families, has resulted in a Christmas retreat from the reality of their illness to create wonderful memories. The mission of Santa’s Hide-A-Way is to bring families together during a very difficult time. It provides a perfect setting for a visit with Santa Claus, no matter the date.
Santa has requested what he knows are the ideal toys to donate to the Merry Middlefield event in progress right now in Middlefield. Here is his list:
Barbie dolls: Christmas or Holiday Barbies with no dates.
Things that make noise: music boxes and musical instruments – things kids can turn on by themselves.
Gift cards: the families or Santa can use them to buy a forgotten item or special request.
Teddy bears: 16 inches or bigger. All stuffed animals that are plush, cuddly and of a decent size, and new.
Sporting goods: kids often cannot play with them, but Santa can get real footballs, soccer balls and baseballs signed so they become collectibles.
Remote control cars
Please watch for the green Grinch posters in business windows throughout Middlefield where you can drop off your unwrapped toys by Dec. 13. On Dec. 14, Grinch and Max will “steal” the toys during the day until Grinch has a change of heart at the performance at Great Lakes Outdoor Supply at 6 p.m. Any donated toys that cannot be used at the Hollow will be donated to Toys for Tots through Best Funeral Home. Businesses interested in becoming a donation location can contact the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce for details at 440-632-5705.