Santa America Services
Imagine you are 6 years old and in first grade. You live with Mom and your two older siblings. Dad is gone, or only there occasionally. Mom is struggling to keep food on the table, a roof over your head, and clothes on your back.
You are wearing hand me down clothes from your older sibling. The shirt is too big, the pants as well. Even the shoes don’t fit right. When Mom has a few extra dollars, you can go to the thrift store and buy something that fits better. But you can’t get underwear at the thrift store. And even if you could, how would you feel wearing underwear someone else has worn?
It is a beautiful day – a great day to go outside at recess and play kickball with your classmates.
But you decide it is safer to stay inside. Why?
Your pants are too big, and you don’t have a belt or decent underwear. And, you live in fear that your pants might slip down and the other children would see you and make fun of you. So it’s better not to take the chance.
No child should have to suffer this indignity.
Making it a Better Day
Santa America Volunteers collect new Socks, Underwear, and Belts for children of elementary and preschool age. They are distributed to schools with high levels of free or reduced cost lunches as well as shelters and any social service agencies in need of these items. All collections stay in the community where they are collected.
It has been a long running story that Santa delivers socks and underwear to children that may not believe in him anymore, and sometimes that is exactly what they need to believe again.
As a Local Santa,
How Can I Help?
- > Ask the organizations you visit to donate new socks, underwear, and belts.
- > You may also find local businesses that will let you put out a container to collect donations of items.
- Let Santa America know about your planned collection event so we can help you publicize it.
- > Collect these items so they can be distributed to local schools, shelters, and social service agencies.
- > Children that need these items will get them from the distributing organization
- > All activities are local and under your direction as the local SUBs for Santa facilitator.
Document your Involvement
- > Fill out a log with the amount of items collected, sources, and destinations
- > Send the form to Santa-America
- > It will be recorded to assure that all IRS requirements are met
- > You will be recognized as the facilitator in your area
- > If possible, get photos of your collections and deliveries
- > Get a signed receipt from the agency receiving the donation.
- > We will share your successes on the Santa America web-site and on our Facebook page
Confidentiality is an important part of all Santa visits. All of our Santas and Mrs Clauses are trained to be aware of medical and emotional situations.
An approval form is provided prior to publishing any personal photos or information, where appropriate.