TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Santa Claus is calling on kids from the Wabash Valley to help spread Christmas cheer, but it’s not the Santa Claus from the North Pole.
Owen Farnsworth is 12 years old and has spent the last four years making sure he isn’t the only kid with a good Christmas.
Owen and his grandma sew totes and fill them with different goodies like stuffed animals, toys and stickers.
They drop them off during the month of December at the pediatric unit in Union Hospital.
“[It’s] to make the kids happy. To do something in the hospital every once in a while because usually, they don’t have plushies or card games or coloring books or stuff like that,” Owen said.
Owen dresses up as Santa Claus when he drops off the totes with his grandma. This year, they’re calling on the help of some “elves” to hopefully make even more totes.
“There’s going to be kits, there’s going to be straps, there’s going to be the outside and the lining and a book, blanket and a ‘Kohl’s Cares’ stuffed animal,” Owen said.
He is holding a sewing class this year to get even more kids involved in spreading the Christmas cheer and remind everyone that sharing is caring.
“I like to share presents with other kids that don’t get presents and I like to see the smiles on their faces when they get them,” Owen said.
The sewing class with be on Saturday, November 18 and there will be three different sessions:
- Session 1: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Session 3: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The classes will take place at Joann Fabrics located at 5705 US Highway 41 in Terre Haute.
You must be at least eight years old and registration is required.
“There’s no experience necessary. There’s just sewing in a straight line and voila!” Owen said.
You can find more information and register for the sewing class by clicking here.