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Santa Express celebrates 25 years

Santa Express celebrates 25 years

SPOKANE, Wash. - "Santa Express" has been around for 25 years, but this is the first Christmas season you can find the experience in River Park Square.

The retail store designed to give kids a holiday shopping experience benefits the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.

"We're so grateful for all the volunteers who help run Santa Express," said Amy Vega, Executive Director of Vanessa Behan.  "The nursery is privately funded so events like this really help us keep our doors open and keep kids safe from crises and abuse situations."

Parents need only bring their kids to the store with a shopping list and a little cash. Volunteer elves take care of the rest.  The children are able to pick out presents and have them wrapped while mom and dad wait in the front room.  The most expensive item in the kid's section is $8, which is remarkable considering the store raises nearly $100,000 every year.

"How we raise $100,000 off $8 items I will never understand - but again - we're so grateful at the nursery because that's money that comes back to help the kiddos, and it adds up," explained Vega.

The second floor River Park Square store will be open until Saturday, December 23.