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Santa House Finds Temporary Home in Worcester County

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WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.- For months, it was looking like Christmas wouldn't come for hundreds of children in need in Worcester County. That is because Santa House, which has been helping needy families for more than three decades, found itself homeless. But thanks to some last minute holiday magic and a little help from WBOC, Santa House is back in business.

When we last met with Dena Holloway nearly four months ago, Santa House had been reduced to two storage units full of toys and clothes.

But Christmas has come early for the organization, in a gift that was almost too late.

“Christmas miracles do come true,” smiled Holloway. “I got a phone call Wednesday from Atlantic General Hospital, telling me that they had a building that we could use for Santa House. And it is the wonderful building behind us, with lots of space for us to operate out of for 2014.”

Holloway said Atlantic General saw our story last week and was inspired to donate the temporary space off of Route 50 in West Ocean City. The deal was finalized Tuesday. It is news worth celebrating, but with the clock ticking ahead of Santa's big night, the elves of Santa House have no time to waste.

“We've got to get going,” remarked Tom Craige. “We've got a lot to do.”

“It's a very rushed time now, because we're way behind the ball,” noted Holloway. “We have to hurry up and get everything going.”

And so the countdown is on for the group that refused to give up hope.

“I just had a strong belief in the community, and I always believed that there was going to be a Christmas miracle,” said Holloway. “I was just so thrilled to get the phone call. And sure enough, look. There is a Santa after all.”

Hope that Santa House can now continue to share with needy children in the community.

“A majority would not have a toy at Christmastime,” Craige said. “And a lot of them are going to get something, probably that they really want, that they're asking Santa Clause for, that we're able to give them.”

“It's just a gift,” added Holloway.

Because, after all, hope is the one gift that unites us all at Christmastime and the whole year through.

Now that Santa House has a space, the group is moving out of the storage units and will start sorting through and compiling donations for needy children in time for Christmas.

Since time is running out, Holloway and Craige said they need all the help they can get. If you would like to donate or volunteer, call (443) 614-6831.

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