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Secret Santa


Volunteers: "Oh! We're secret Santas!"

This would-be workshop is part of Open Arms, a ministry of the United Methodist Church, in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Volunteer: "It makes me feel like an elf."

Some here have received Christmas help themselves in years past.

LaTonia Woods, Volunteer: "I come because Open Arms opened their arms to me and my family. It's something to see a child's eyes and face just glow on Christmas morning."

Community organizations donate toys.

Volunteer: "It's not going to last five seconds on Christmas morning."

Volunteers handle the hand-off.

Vickie Sigmon, Director, Open Arms: "We're behind the scenes and no one has to know that Open Arms has been the vehicle for getting the presents to them."

Gifts go out for delivery after dark, so little eyes won't see the packages.

Volunteer: "Guys, can you get the tree?"

but families can experience Christmas wonder.

Volunteer: "Merry Christmas!"

Recipient: "It's the perfect size."

Volunteer: "We're straightening the tree up."

While the first angel is hung inside on the tree, gifts appear outside. And parents can prepare for a magical Christmas morning.


Open Arms is an outreach of the United Methodist Church in southeast Winston-Salem, North Carolina: in partnership with the Winston-Salem District, the Western North Carolina Conference.

Visit the Open Arms Facebook page for more information, or call 336-724-0850.

For more videos like this, visit our Advent and Christmas page.

Posted: Dec. 17, 2008