Due to the bad weather
earlier this week, things have changed from previous years.
volunteers who want to help with loading the vehicles with bags (dragging
bags), we will ask you to report to Blue Ridge Electric Coop in Pickens by
6:30 am. The Coop building (covered so you won't get rained on) is
located at 734 West Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671. However, you
will need to go past the Coop Building and turn right onto Nealy Street
Someone will be there to help you park.
(note from the Country Santa)
The Country Santa schedule, setup, and delivery on Christmas Eve
has been modified due to the rain system coming in this week. In order
to protect the bags of toys normally located in the yard at the Country
Santa building/yard, they have been moved to Blue Ridge Electric's large
open covered warehouse at the Blue Ridge facility in Pickens located at
734 West Main Street, Pickens S.C. 29671. Directions below and attached
to handout with the "Elf Rules" sheet to the delivery elves.
1st - Stop by the Country Santa Building to receive your instructions and
pickup any individual toys, boxes of food and/or bicycles.
2nd Proceed to Blue Ridge Electric Coop building to pick up the bags that
go with sheets you received from the Country Santa. See detailed
Christmas EVE is here.
We are asking Delivers to start arriving at the Country Santa driveway between 7:00 and 10:00 am. We will try to move you
in as fast as possible. Deanna Hardin will be at the top of the road to
greet everyone and allow drivers in when there is room.
are available: one at the Miracle Hill Chapel and the other one near a picnic
For directions to
the Country Santa Building.
for elves showing up for delivery:
Show up at the normal location at 112 Reece Lane as in the past.
These instructions will be provided along with the standard "Elf
Proceed to the Country Santa building as usual on Reece Lane.
Delivery profile sheets will be picked up at the Country Santa
Food boxes for specified families will be picked up at the
You will be directed down to the lower parking lot to pick up any
tagged toys in boxes or bikes that are for the families you are
delivering to. Workers will load these items.
Once loaded up, you will be directed back out of the
drive....without the toy bags.
Proceed to Pickens (Blue Ridge Electric Coop.- 734
West Main Street, Pickens S.C. 29671)to pick up the bags designated for each family.
The elves will be waiting to load the bags in your vehicles.
If you have any issues with the delivery, contact us by the
telephone numbers listed on the Elf rules as before.
If you wish to do more deliveries, you will need to return to the
Country Santa building for more profile sheets. Contact us to confirm
we need additional runs.
The directions on the Family Profile Sheets are based on starting
from the Country Santa Building. You will need to review them
based on starting from Blue Ridge Electric Coop in Pickens and make
directions adjustments to the family locations.
I know that this requires more driving to get the deliveries
done....but it is required for us to protect the toys from getting wet
and possibly ruined due to the heavy rains this past week. Our army of
volunteers has worked hard every day since Thanksgiving to prepare all
this for the drivers. I hope that you feel as I do that we owe this
additional effort to the kids we help, and to these volunteers.
Thank you for being a part of this Christmas miracle to help the
Country Santa (AKA Buddy Cox)
Here is our procedure at the Country Santa
Due to our limited space and one way
driveway we can only allow about 6 - 8 cars in at a time.
Once you get to the Country Santa
Building, someone will direct you into the building so the Country Santa (Buddy
Cox) will hand you the Profile Sheets. These sheet will have the
directions and the number of bags and/or boxes of toys you will be delivering.
you will be directed to the toy pick up. Someone will then direct you to a Coordinator. This person will ask you for your Profile Sheets you
received from the Country Santa. The coordinator will have
own runners to retrieve the boxes of toys and/or bicycles. Once the boxes
are retrieved, they will be doubled check by the by a Coordinator and loaded into your
We are asking the drivers and riders to
remain in or near your vehicle.
You may be asked to take a box of food, some plastic toys
and/or a bicycle etc., if you have room.
Once you are loaded, then the yard
coordinator will get you on you way as quick as possible.
If you plan to use your
GPS, please do so once you leave the Country Santa area. There is a church
parking lot just passed the Country Santa driveway that can be used.
We really appreciate all our volunteers
because without you, we would not be able to deliver the toys to over 3000+ children.
the Country Santa Building to Blue Ridge Electric Coop in Pickens:
Address: 112 Reece Lane, Pickens SC 29671 to 201 Nealy Street Pickens,
From Reece Lane –
Turn Right on Miracle Hill Road – Take a Right on Dacusville Hwy /
SC-135 – Turn Left on Pumpkintown Hwy / SC-8 – Go 8.8 miles – Stay
straight to go onto E Main Street / SC-183 – Go 0.9 miles – Go past Blue
Ridge Electric - Turn Right on Nealy Street – Building is on the Left