Mink Ink tattoo parlor is collecting food and gently used clothing for the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club to distribute to area children.
Clothing and food are preferred, but "if people want to give cash we're certainly not going to turn it away," said owner Michele Perry.
The Boys & Girls Club is important to Perry. She credits the non-profit with saving her own life back when she was a homeless teenager living on the East Coast.
"I learned how to box from them. I got help with my homework. I got counseling. I swear, I really feel like the Boys and Girls Club saved my life," Perry said.
As part of the collection drive, Perry has worked her connections to bring Santa himself to the tattoo shop to pose for pictures from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 23 before he takes off on his sleigh to deliver presents. No one will be turned away, Perry said, and cost is a simple donation to the Boys and Girls Club of clothing or a non-perishable food item.
Donations can also be dropped off at the store, located at 1851 Airfield Avenue at the corner of Stockton Hill Road.