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Charity in Jeopardy: 'The Santa House' Loses Home


SNOW HILL, Md.- What's left of The Santa House is stuffed into a storage bin. It's an emotional farewell for director Dena Holloway.

"I've done my job," said Holloway. She added while fighting back tears, "I'm sorry. For 31 years I have put my heart and soul into this program. A lot of other people have."

The search for Santa's new home was unsuccessful. So Holloway and volunteers packed up and left this warehouse with no permanent place to go.

"It's unfortunate; very unfortunate for a lot of children that get toys from The Santa House," saidSaykina Purnell. "I was one of those children once upon of time."

The charity served close to 600 families this past Christmas, according to Holloway. Now they're left with a grim reminder of what used to be: racks and racks of clothing, boxes on boxes of foodand a long line of children waiting for gifts.

"They are back all the way up to Route 354 and the street light that goes to the 'Landings' that how far the line goes, so there are a lot of people who really depend,"said Jack Ketterman.

But now that the group is an independent charity, the Worcester County Department of Liquor Control had to forced the charity out, so that more liquor storage could be brought in, according to county officials. They said the agency has outgrown its existing space and needed to take back this warehouse, which was provided to The Santa House 13 years ago, and did a lot of good for a lot of people,

"Just to be able to see one child receive a warm blanket or coat or mittens, that's the feeling that Santa House give to all of these children," said Holloway. "It's hard to describe that unbelievable feeling;" it's a feeling she hopes she soon will feel again.

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