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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Enjoy decorated tree display; help gift local families a joyful holiday at “Deck the Hock”

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The city’s annual Deck the Hock on Hollyhock Street will be a drop-off / pick-up style celebration this year! You are invited to drop off ornaments for three holiday trees on display in front of the Surprise Senior Center and leave gifts under them for three local families in need. We will also have a drop-off box for our Surprise Police Department’s annual Toy Drive available. While you are there, you can pick up a hot cocoa and cookie to-go! 

Deck the Hock will be held Friday, December 11 from 12-5 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. This is not a stay and gather event. Please stop by during that timeframe to drop-off gifts and ornaments and pick-up treats only. Masks are required, and social distancing measures will be in place. 

To participate in the gift drop-off and help bring holiday joy to local families:

  • Bring a new, unwrapped gift and/or ornament to the celebration. 
  • Place the unwrapped gift under one of the three trees on display outside the Senior Center or in the Surprise Police Department Toy Drive box. (The trees and ornaments will also be donated to families.)
  • To donate gifts to any of the three families, please see the following information:

Family A:
Age 11 Female – Likes pink, baby dolls, shoes size 7 ½, clothes size large
Age 12 Female – Likes pink, baby dolls, art supplies, clothes size large, shoes size 8 ½
Age 13 Female – Likes purple, jewelry and nails, clothes size XL, boots size 10, bike
Age 15 Male – Likes blue, basketball, video games, shoes size 12, clothes size 3X

Family B:
Age 5 Female – Likes Barbies, games, bike
Age 8 Male – Likes toy cars and trucks, games
Age 9 Male – Likes remote control cars, Batman, games
Age 13 Male – Likes Xbox games, remote control cars, games

Family C:
Age 7 months – Male, exersaucer, baby items, clothing size 12-18 months
Age 3 Male – Likes arts, crafts, building with blocks/Legos, Hot Wheels, pants 3T
Age 4 Male – Likes arts and crafts, games, size 4 pants and shirts
Age 6 Male – Likes gaming, Pokeman, pants size 6, shirts size 6T or XS youth
Age 8 Female – Likes unicorns and Shopkins, clothes size 8
Age 10 Male – Likes Pokeman, gaming, pants size 10, shirts youth medium
Age 12 Male – Likes STEM activities, pants size youth 12, shirts youth large

If you are unable to make the event, but would still like to donate ornaments or a gift, you can drop them off to the front doorstep of the Surprise Senior Center Monday – Friday from November 23 – December 8 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

For more information, please contact Trisha Weston at or 623.222.1500.

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