Christmas is for giving, as the adage goes, so it's not surprising that kids want to be able to share gifts with family and friends. But where do you find meaningful gifts when your budget is based on your weekly allowance? The folks at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery have the answer: Santa Express, the special store where only children can shop. With gifts ranging in price from 50 & cent; to $7.50, Santa Express has become a holiday shopping tradition for many Spokane area families.
Trained volunteers staff the store, which is located on the street level of Crescent Court. Children, four to 12, are invited to browse for that perfect gift for parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and friends. The store opens for business on Nov. 29 and will serve young shoppers through Dec. 23. The Spokane Teachers Credit Union sponsors a special "Meet Mr. Grinch Night" on Dec. 13.
Santa Express supports the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a haven for children from birth to age six who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The Crisis Nursery relies on private funds to remain open, so a present from Santa Express is a gift that gives twice.