Santa America Services
The “Core Mission” of Santa America continues as our primary service focus. Santa America brings Love, Hope and Joy wrapped in a warm Santa hug to children and their families in grief and bereavement, children with a chronic pediatric illnesses, or children suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Santa is available to visit children and families in distress where he is needed, in hospice, hospital or at home 365 days a year.
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.
Autism Support Programs
Santa America has created a unique Autism sensitive opportunity for families that have a child with a spectrum disorder. Visits from Santa America trained Santas are calming, quiet and pre-scheduled avoiding the long lines encountered at malls and retail events.
We provide specialized training for all Santa America Santas to assist children and their families in dealing with the unique challenges and opportunities that are often experienced amidst all of the excitement, noise, and activity when Santa Claus visits.
The Santa America ‘PTSD Support for Children’ program cooperates with the American Red Cross and state/local support staff to provide post-disaster emotion support and counseling to children impacted by a disaster.
For the volunteers of Santa America, special needs children are our total focus and Love, Hope and Joy are the gifts we bring.
Our mission is to bring Love, Hope and Joy to our special children and their families as they return to normalcy after a disaster.
Hospice And Hospital Programs
Every Santa America volunteer is HIPPA compliant (Healthcare Information Patient Privacy Act), and is fully briefed on the existing medical condition(s) to be accommodated during Santa’s visit. Santa respects the privacy of every child and family member, and prepares for his visit by gathering personal, bonding information about the child and the family with special attention being given to favorite toys, food, entertainment, action heroes, and family holiday traditions.
Our Santas are referred by hospice and hospital staff, social workers and special education professionals. Every Santa and Mrs. Claus is required to volunteer for a local hospice or hospital. They receive an NCQA level background security check (the same as a doctor or a nurse) and receive and annual TB test and special volunteer training.
Santa is delighted to deliver gifts gathered for a child by family and friends. Santa himself brings a “Santa Hug” scarf or other symbolic gifts for the child. Santa believes the greatest gifts are Love, Hope and Joy… in unlimited amounts!
Once Santa visits a child, the very same Santa will revisit again and again as needed. Santa builds a special personal and long-term relationship with his children. Many of our Santas have visited children and their families for 7 or 8 years!
Military Support Programs
Santa America stands ready to serve major military bases in the USA and overseas with a committed, trained and uniformed S. Claus! We coordinate our efforts through the offices of US ARMY Family Morale Welfare and Recreation Command, and our goal is to recruit and train the very best Santas to bring Love, Hope and Joy to our military and their families throughout the year.
Once assigned to a specific base or facility, Santa is available to visit 12 months a year at special events, with deploying & returning units, base hospitals, schools, family services and post exchange events. Additional support opportunities exist to visit VA hospitals, USOs and to participate in Veteran’s Day events. Our military and their families deserve THE VERY BEST SANTA to serve their special needs. After all, Santa America Santa’s are “The Navy Seals of the Santa World!”
When Santa America began visiting our Wounded Warriors, disabled veterans and their families, we developed special Santa dress based on the current military fatigues (BDU/CDU), S. Claus name tag, US Elf’s branch designation, a unique Santa America unit patch, and a special service patch.
We are identifying Santas for each of the 32 Wounded Warrior Battalions and Warrior in Transition sites in the USA. Santa can make a “one on one” visit with the Wounded Warriors and their families, coordinated by the local base medical staff. This builds on our founding “Core Mission” of visiting hospitals and hospices.