YWCA Central Alabama

Santa's Workshop 2018

Santa’s Workshop is held each year at YWCA Central Alabama to help families living in area homeless shelters and transitional housing programs have a happy holiday season. Children make gifts they can give to moms, teachers, friends and other loved ones, and they can even have their picture taken with Santa.

Moms are able to “shop” (everything is free) for gifts for their children. 


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Host a Toy Drive!




Shop Santa's Workshop Wish Lists 
Donate new items from the Santa’s Workshop Wish List. Children’s ages range from infants to teenagers. No toy guns, violent toys or used items, please. 


Please drop off your item(s) at the YWCA, 309 23rd Street North, by Friday, November 30.


Just click, pay, and check out! We have set up our wish lists, along with our shipping address.
Santa's Workshop at Amazon

You may also select any other online store that ships! Just order toys or clothing for children ages infant through teen! For the shipping address, enter:

Erica Sellers
Santa's Workshop
YWCA Central Alabama
309 23rd Street North
Birmingham, AL  35203
205-322-9922 ext. 306

We'll make sure it gets to Santa!
Don't see what you're looking for? Contact Erica Sellers at (205) 322-9922 or at [email protected] to share your own ideas.

Date: 12/08/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 8:15am - 1:00pm CST

Location: YWCA

Created by:   Erica Sellers
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Host a Toy Drive!

We need volunteers to host a toy drive at their office, school, place of worship or among their friends & family! We are dependent on donations to serve our families and we could use your help! Plan to drop off toys & new clothing by Friday, November 30!

5 slots filled - more available
Erica Watson
PNC will drop items off at the YWCA!
Theresa Steele Mitchell
AL Coun Assoc Marriage & Family Division
Claire Peeler
Samford University Speech Language Pathology Department
Tris Chapman
Katie Peebles
Progress Bank

Craft Buddies (140)

Volunteers will be paired with a child to assist them with crafts. *All volunteers 12 years & under must be craft buddies, and all craft buddies under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult*

All slots filled
Cheryl McCarty
Barbara Moreland (3)
Short Creek COGOP Youth
Daniel Ross (30)
Erin Jenkins
Will Lisenby
Katharine Moore
Somer Underwood
Virginia Shubert (2)
My 9 year old daughter Savannah and I will participate
Carrie Isbell (5)
Pam Clemmons
Donna Gutierrez (12)
Jamie Birchfield (3)
Myself and my two daughters
Olivia Sayago
Whitney Jackson
Ashleigh Calvert
Brianna Garrett
Melisa Bush (2)
Milos Tea Company... Myself and 16 yr old daughter. We would be willing to also wrap gifts if anyone needed a break or any cancellations.
Lynn Tomerlin (3)
If anyone cancels, would enjoy wrapping gifts, and/or teaching how to make a craft.
Mary Bush (2)
Milos Tea Company
Christina Gaddis
Madison Ruffin
Jennifer Arsenian (2)
Adult and 10 yr old
Rikesha Foster
Rachel Mauldin
Ella Hutson
Nicole Klaubert
Katee Nall
Cody O’Toole
Claire Peeler
Bobi Woody
Emma Grace McGough
Bobi Woody
Lori Friloux (15)
Girl Scouts Group- Lori Friloux
Katy-Margaret Doss
Tiana Davis (24)
girl scouts troop 120
Cortney Hicks
Regan Liggins
Gwen Leverett (2)
Morgan Smith
Myriah Sims
Kate Mather (2)
Adult and 10 year old daughter
Susan Lee (7)

Gift Wrappers (50)

Volunteers will wrap presents selected by the families!

All slots filled
Susan McGettigan
Missy Atkisson
Jennifer Wilson
Sheri Robinson (2)
Cheryl Bynum
Julie Muller (2)
Mary Kathryn Muller
Glenda Brooks National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Birmingham Chapter (6)
Barbara Moreland
Short Creek COGOP Youth
Virginia Parr
Short Creek COGOP Youth
Mary Katherine Chunn
Meesha Emmett (5)
Daniel Ross (5)
Katharine Moore
Kaitlin Ryan
Jennifer Hendrickson
Wendi Marshall (5)
Donna Gutierrez (6)
Rachel Salter
Jami Wilson
Milo's Tea Company
Cherise Thomas
Heidi DiLorenzo
Jenny Sneed
Laine Heard
Channing Glenn
Katie Grant Harkness
Kate Brownlee
(Denise Yuill)

Craft Instructors (30)

Volunteers will run craft stations and teach the kids how to make each craft! Don't worry--instructions will be provided to you!

All slots filled
Amanda Martin (20)
JLB and Girls, Inc. Teen Leadership
Donna Gutierrez (5)
The Altamont School FOW (5)
The Altamont School's Friends of the World club (and maybe a few others) are ready to lead any activity!

Bag Escorts (55)

Volunteers will be assigned to a parent and will assist by carrying her bags of presents & clothing. *Muscle needed for this assignment.*

All slots filled
Billy Bates
Michael Scivley
will axon
Will Davis Davis
Wilbur Johnson
Barbara Moreland
Short Creek COGOP Youth
Meesha Emmett (3)
Daniel Ross (20)
Elaine Adams
Reginald Adams
Jeannie Walston
Jamaree Collins (5)
Alex Essman
Alicia Harrison
Alicia Harrison
Mariel Moore
Donna Gutierrez (5)
Chase Bentley
Mark Jacobs
Milo's Tea Company, Inc.
Darrius Culpepper
Bobi Woody
Eli Woody
Dylan Finkley
Skylar Diaz
Yonti Brown
Chris Brown
Jimmy Harris
Sam Todd
Jeff Foster
lacey scott
Bernard Scott

Nursery/ Preschool Attendants (30)

Volunteers will play with children ages 4 & under, alongside YW Child Development staff.

All slots filled
Daniel Ross (5)
Theresa Steele Mitchell
AL Coun Assoc Marriage & Family Division
Donna Gutierrez (4)
Ashley Deason
Milo's Tea Company
Sarah McElvy
Milo's Tea Company
Tiana (5)
girl scout troop120
Susan Lee (13)

Santa's Assistants (4)

Volunteers will assist Santa in bringing cheer to all the boys and girls! Elf costumes encouraged!

All slots filled
Sherwanna Wheeler
Wendy Malone
Byanca Underwood
Wherever you need me
Christine Sheckles
Milos Tea Company......My 13 year old daughter Ciara will come with me to help as well. She would make a great elf/santas helper and I will assist wherever I am needed.

Lunch Prep (6)

Volunteers will prepare sack lunches for the families attending Santa's Workshop!

All slots filled
Theresa Harve
Elaine Adams
Elaine Adams
nurissa bowen
Donna Gutierrez (3)

Personal Shoppers ***YW Junior Board ONLY*** (45)

Volunteers will assist parents with finding the perfect presents for their children.

27 of 45 slots filled
Breauna Peterson
Martha Foster
Claire Sands
Kayla Laurence
Anne Lary
Rebecca Eubanks
Tenley Armstrong
Ginny Willings
Kathryn Boyd
Allison Ferrell
Ashley Cantrell
Bevin Tomlin
Julie Carter
Abigail Harris
Ann Todd
Mary Elizabeth Roberson
Taylor Cooper
Yonti Brown
Brittany Norman
Helen McDougald
Callie Nash
Allison Stephens
lacey scott
Lacey Scott
Dana Cockrell
Megan Chenoweth
Lauren Kallus
Nancy Kallus
Lauren's Mother

Sewing Stations ***Birmingham Quilter's Guild ONLY*** (8)

Volunteers will assist with crafts that require sewing to complete. Please bring your sewing machine!

5 of 8 slots filled
Denise Yuill
Mary Holbert
Marilyn Milstead
Nancy Dunnavant
Vasha Rosenblum

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