KEYSER - Christmas is fast approaching, and Santa's Elves are busy.

By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Christmas is fast approaching, and Santa's Elves are busy.
For the second year in a row, Santa's Elves are accepting donations of toys and gifts for area needy children.
Last year, the elves were able to help 380 children between the ages of newborn and 17, and they are anticipating that number to increase this year.
Anyone wishing to assist the elves in their holiday endeavor may make a monetary donation, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the children. Checks made out to Santa's Elves may be mailed to the BB&T Bank, P.O. Box 789, Keyser, WV 26726.
Those wishing to drop off a new toy or two can do so at one of the following locations: Knobley Mountain Auctions, Main Street Convenience Store, Big Bargains Thrift Shop, Good as New, Royal Restaurant, Keyser Wal-mart, Keyser EMS, Wayne's Meat Market, and the Keyser-Mineral County Library.
Santa's Elves and their helpers will also be holding several fund raisers for the campaign. The next event is a dance to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 p.m. at Clancy's Irish Pub. Music will be by the '80s cover band Simon Sez and the cover charge is a new toy.
The elves are also selling tickets for a WVU basket valued at $180. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Those tickets and raffle tickets for a 50/50 are available at Big Bargain's Thrift Shop, or by calling coordinator Vanessa Broadwater at 304-788-5940.
Those in need of assistance for Christmas may still apply for help from Santa's Elves. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Deadline for donations is Sunday, Dec. 15.