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Hope Running Out for Santa House

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SNOW HILL, Md.- Many of us have the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend on our minds, but others are already thinking about Christmas -- A Christmas that may not come for thousands of children in need in Worcester County. That is because the Santa House, which has been helping needy families for more than three decades, is homeless. And time is running out.

“This is it! Santa House,” said Dena Holloway. “All stuffed in a storage bin.”

It is a difficult reality for Holloway to bear.

“It breaks my heart to know that these kids might not get any help,” she told WBOC. “But it was really wonderful to know that we were able to help for as long as we did. And hopefully we'll still be there.”

Santa House has been reduced to two storage units full of boxed up toys and clothes, and hope that is fading with each passing day.

“It's down to the bottom line,” Holloway noted. “We have about two to three months to find a building. If we don't find one, that's going to be it.”

After becoming a non-profit, Santa House was forced to close up shop in January at the place it called home for 13 years -- the county's Department of Liquor Control -- and take up residence at the storage facility in its shadows.

It is a sad sight: An organization crippled by its lack of a home, but no less needed.

“In my wildest dreams, I had no idea it was going to do what it did for this community,” explained Holloway.

From serving just twelve families more than thirty years ago to nearly 600 this past Christmas, Santa House has grown tremendously through the years, filling a void and spreading much needed Holiday cheer.

“I can't imagine a child waking up Christmas morning and not having a toy, knowing that Santa Claus was there,” Holloway said.

But while hope is fading, it is not lost, yet.

“There's got to be somebody, somewhere in Worcester County that can help us out,” said Holloway. “I just hope that if there's a person out there that has a building, vacant, big enough that can help us, a large garage, a warehouse, something that we can operate out to compile this stuff for the children, that they will find it in their hearts that they can give us a phone call and help us to get this program started for this year.

If you think you can help, call Holloway at (443) 614-6831.

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