Holiday Store for Kids, Photos with Santa planned by NWOSU Art Society members Dec. 15

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Holiday Store for Kids, Photos with Santa planned by NWOSU Art Society members Dec. 15

November 27, 2012 

 Pam Davidson and her grandkids shopping at the NWOSU Art Society Holiday Store for Kids
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society president Shawna Gilbert (elf), Enid senior, helps Pam Davidson, Government Documents Technician in the J.W. Martin Library, and her grandchildren during last year’s Holiday Store for Kids, sponsored by NAS. This year’s store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Northwestern Student Center. Photos with Santa also will be available that day for a minimal fee.

Members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society are preparing for their third annual Holiday Gift Store for Kids, as well as Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Northwestern Student Center in Alva from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The gift store will allow children to purchase holiday gifts for loved ones and friends without having to spend a lot of money, all while being in a safe environment.

“Parents are welcome to bring their kids 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. “We only allow a few children to go through the store at one time to make it a positive experience for everyone. So, while you’re waiting to come into the store, Santa Claus will be available for photos right next door.”

The Holiday Store allows the children to experience the thrill of “secretly” buying gifts, as well as benefiting from the practical lessons of budgeting, handling money and making decisions, but most of all, the pride and joy of gift giving, and with Santa in the next room, children will have a chance to let him know what they’d like this year.

“We encourage parents and family members to accompany their children through the store if they so choose, but if your child wants to keep your present a surprise, we’ll have club members available to help them,” Case said. “Our club members also will help get the gift items bagged and ready for giving during the holidays.”

A wide variety of gift items will be available for purchase ranging in price from about 50 cents to less than $20. Case said that 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 club members can help assist each child to stay within their budget. 

 Santa with a sleeping Daxter Courson at the NWOSU Art Society's Photos with Santa event
Daxter Courson, son of Derrick and Angela Courson of Alva, was pretty relaxed during his visit with Santa Claus last year during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society’s Photos with Santa and Holiday Store for Kids. This year’s event is on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Northwestern Student Center, and children of all ages are welcome to have photos taken. Original digital photo files will be saved to a jump drive or emailed to purchaser for $5 each so they can print/enlarge the photos themselves. The club will have holiday card templates available for an additional $5 each if anyone wants to create a card using the Santa photo.

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 for the various projects the group plans each school year, including the annual spring art show and field trips, Case explained.

And, for a small fee, all ages, whether in groups or individually, are welcome to have their photo taken with Santa.

“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(s) saved to your jump drive or via email for you to do with whatever you want,” Case said. “NAS also will have several holiday card templates available if anyone would like for us to create a card using their photo. Each holiday card design chosen will be an additional $5, and will be created and emailed to the purchaser.”

For more information about the Holiday Store, Photos with Santa, or NAS in general, please contact Case at (580) 327-8577 or or visit