Holiday store for children, photos with Santa, gift catalog among Art Society fundraisers

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Holiday store for children, photos with Santa, gift catalog among Art Society fundraisers

November 16, 2010

A unique opportunity is scheduled for Alva and area youngsters on Dec. 11 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University – a Holiday Gift Store set up just for kids in the Student Center Ranger Room from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The NWOSU Art Society (NAS) is offering the gift store as a way for children to be able to purchase holiday gifts for loved ones, friends and pets without having to spend a lot of money.

“The kids can come to the holiday store to do their shopping ‘on their own’ under adult supervision provided by our club members and other volunteers,” Angelia Case, NAS sponsor, said.

Not only will the children experience the thrill of “secretly” buying gifts, they’ll benefit from the practical lessons of budgeting, handling money and making decisions, but most of all, the pride and joy of gift giving.

“While parents and family members may still accompany their kids through the store if they so choose, we’re hoping the adults will let the kids have fun picking out gifts so they’ll remain a surprise until opened,” Case said.

“A wide variety of gift items will be available for purchase ranging in price from about 50 cents to, most likely, no more than $15. Parents are encouraged to help their children make a list of who they’d like to purchase items for and the approximate amount of money budgeted for each gift. They can then provide their children with a set amount of money to go shopping with.”

NAS is offering this holiday store more as a community service to kids than as a fundraising project, but the group does hope to profit a little, Case explained.

“We do have an annual spring art show at Northwestern that we continuously raise funds for, but this store project just seemed like something fun to do,” Case said. “We currently have our gift catalog fundraiser underway, and we have ‘Goody Giveaways’ at various Ranger basketball games that serve as the bulk of our fundraising efforts. It takes about $1,000 each year for NAS to fund prize money, ribbons and other miscellaneous items for the art show, and this year will be our eighth one. Whatever funds are left over, we try to take our members on field trips to museums and other points of interest.”

If interested in taking a look at the gift catalog and making a purchase, visit www.nwosu.edu/nas-fundraising.  Orders must be placed no later than noon Nov. 29.

Another fundraiser will take place at the same time the Holiday Store is open – NAS members are offering photos with Santa Claus and will not discriminate on age. Anyone who’d like to have their photo taken with Santa is welcome. If anyone would like to have a nice group or single photo taken, with or without Santa, NAS will be happy to help.

“We realize budgets are tight, so we’re trying to provide a nice photo that can be used for reprinting, holiday cards or just to have, and for a flat fee of $5 each, you’ll receive the original digital file for you to do with whatever you want,” Case said. “If people would like for us to create a card for them using their photo, then an additional fee would be charged for that service.”

For more information about the holiday store, photos with Santa, the gift catalog fundraiser or NAS in general, please contact Case at (580) 327-8577 or arcase@nwosu.edu.

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