A local nonprofit secured its own physical space for the first time in its 100-year-plus history.
The Santa Claus Girls of Kent County, an organization providing gifts to families in need during the holidays, will lease a space out of the former DeltaPlex building in Walker beginning Oct. 1.
Leaders said they are thrilled to be one of the first new tenants to occupy the building at 2500 Turner Ave. NW, which closed its doors as an event venue in July.
“This space will allow us to serve so many more in the community and return to our traditional home delivery for gift distribution,” said Tina Hudson, president of the Santa Claus Girls.
Founded in 1908, the Santa Claus Girls is on a mission to ensure no child in Kent County is without a gift on Christmas morning. Gifts are collected, wrapped and distributed to homes on a Saturday each December.
Previously, the Santa Claus Girls relied on donated space and dealt with frequent moves to maintain operations. For the past two years, the organization did not have a physical location and served a limited number of families.
Now, the organization said it hopes to serve many more children for this upcoming holiday season.
The Santa Claus Girls is completely volunteer-run and funded by donations from the community. Fundraising efforts are being accelerated to ensure the new space can be leased for years to come, according to the organization.