SUGAR CAMP - One Christmas tradition in Sugar Camp teaches children something very special.
Santa's Workshop helps kids experience what it means to give to others.
Parents and teachers put on the event at Sugar Camp Elementary School every year.
Children in pre-k through 6 grade write out a Christmas shopping list for their family.
They picked out their gifts on Friday.
"Oh, the kids love Santa's Workshop. Every year they come, they come so excited to find the gifts," says Ann Ovsak, a member of the Sugar Camp School Community Organization.
The students did not need to pay anything to participate.
Event planners do fundraising for Santa's Workshop year-round.
They also have volunteer shoppers that search for the perfect gifts.
Students were able to choose from more than 1,500 gifts.
"Some of them are really cool, and you never see anywhere else in stores ," says Sugar Camp Elementary 5th grader, Kara.
Every student put a lot of thought into what they wanted to get their family members.
Santa's Workshop started more than 25 years ago.
The workshop is now a tradition for kids in Sugar Camp.
This year, organizers decided to add something new.
"As we were kinda brainstorming, 'how are we going to get the kids to the town hall'? we decided, or Mr. Kay the principal thought 'Well how about a horse drawn sleigh ride'" says Ann Ovsak.
Newswatch 12 asked students about the best part of gift giving.
The answers all came back to the spirit of giving.
They love watching the smiles of family members that open these gifts.
"They are like 'oh my gosh, I didn't even know you could like find these in stores'", says Kara "they've never seen them before."