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Children's Shopping Spree

The Christmas season is one filled with fun and festivity!  A long standing tradition at St. John's is the Children's Shopping Spree.  The Spree invites young children to come and shop in a safe and secure environment for parents, siblings, and others.  Parents wait for their child as they are escorted through the shopping area by a personal shopper and visit the elves who help wrap their gifts. Santa is even known to make an appearance to the children's wonder and delight!  While fun for children, it's also a great opportunity for parents to meet others over coffee and donuts in the waiting area.


New for 2017: Open Saturday and Sunday! Shopping hours are 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, December 2, and 8:00am-12:30pm on Sunday, December 3.  

No parents allowed in the shopping area! Children (age 12 and under) do their own shopping while parents enjoy a holiday snack. Santa will visit, and his elves will assist shoppers in choosing from hundreds of new items priced $.50 to $4.00 (includes gift wrapping)! 

Donations Needed

Donations of nicely handcrafted or new, unwrapped gifts for all ages can be dropped off at the parish or school office by November 29. 

Adult and Youth Volunteer Elves Needed: Come for all or part of any shift!

Setup: Saturday, December 2, 9:00am-1:00pm or so

Saturday sale: Saturday, December 2, 3:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday sale and cleanup: Sunday, December 3, 7:30am-2:00pm  

Adult volunteers are required to have completed the Essential Three: background check, VIRTUS training, and Code of Conduct, as required by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Policies of Protection of Children and Youth. Adult volunteers, please contact RE@stjohns-savage.org or call 932.890.9434. 

Youth volunteers (grade 7 to 18 years old) should complete a permission form from the RE office, or contact Andi Little at alittle@stjohns-savage.org or call 952.890.9434, ext. 249.