Giving Back: Summit Santa Claus Shop!

Nev DiPetrillo, Teal Rodriguez, Elaine Chong and Celia O’Rourke.

The Santa Claus Shop will open its doors once again to area families, providing its 55th consecutive year of complimentary holiday shopping. The shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit and other local communities, including New Providence and Berkeley Heights, who are referred by local social services agents.

This year’s Santa Claus Shop will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only during the first week of December.

Last year, The Santa Claus Shop had to rethink how the event was run due to the pandemic. The same format will be followed once again this year. Although families cannot shop the way they have in the past, we are still committed to making this experience enjoyable. Gift cards and gifts
will be distributed to help families celebrate the holidays. Additionally, holiday baskets will be delivered to local seniors.

To keep the holiday spirit alive for local residents in need, the Santa Claus Shop chairwomen ask or members of the community to consider giving.

Checks can be made payable to SHIP
, with Santa Claus Shop noted on the check’s memo line.
Mail to: The Santa Claus Shop, P.O. Box 119, Summit, NJ 07901.

Or make an online donation at

If you would like to find out more information or get involved please visit our website or follow us on Facebook at Santa Claus Shop.

The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Elaine Chong, Nev DiPetrillo, Celia O’Rourke and Teal Rodriguez and co-chaired by Sarah Fitzsimmons, Kristen Goldman, Kiera Mathey and Katie Mucci. The Santa Claus Shop exists solely on donations and volunteers. With the monetary donations from area residents, local organizations and businesses, the Santa Claus Shop can purchase the gifts that allow less fortunate neighbors to experience the joy of holiday giving without financial burden.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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