Bah humbug no more! Whether you've caught it or not, the holiday spirit will surely catch you when you participate in Child Advocates' Santa's Wish List program!
Santa's Wish List provides Christmas gifts for children served by the Child Advocates, who have been victims of life-threatening abuse or neglect and - as a result - have been placed in protective custody of Child Protective Services. The Santa's Wish List program makes the holiday season brighter for these children who might otherwise be without gifts for Christmas.
There are five ways to help a child have a very special Christmas.
- Make a donation to Santa’s Wish List
Want to bring some holiday cheer to an abused child but don't have time to deal with the logistics? Let us take care of it for you! Your online contribution or check mailed to Child Advocates (please designate Santa's Wish List on check) will go straight to Santa's Workshop, where Santa's elves will buy and distribute gifts for you!
- Sponsor a child (or multiple children)
The average amount spent per child is $125. Sponsoring a child's Wish List is an opportunity for you, your family and/or your company to provide gifts to one or more of these very deserving children. The child (or his/her caregiver) completes a Wish List registration form detailing 3-5 items the child would like from Santa Claus. As a sponsor, you will receive the Wish List form from Child Advocates and then shop for "your" child or children. Since the children we serve range in age from newborn to 18 years, the requested gifts are child- and age-specific. We ask that a minimum of three gifts be purchased for each child (typically one "big" item and at least two "smaller" items). You will bring your child's gifts, in a bag, to Santa's Warehouse on the designated sponsor drop-off days with the Santa's Wish List Form attached, where they will be sorted, wrapped and prepared for delivery in time for Christmas. The child's court appointed advocate volunteer will physically deliver the gifts.
- Organize a toy drive
This option is an opportunity for you, your family and/or your company to hold a toy drive to collect NEW toys and clothing for the children Child Advocates serves (ages newborn to 18 years). The items Child Advocates receives through toy drives help Santa with last minute gifts for children who don't have a sponsor. Additionally, toy drive items help Santa ensure that siblings receive an equal number of gifts. Check our frequent wish list for additional suggestions. Once your drive is complete, you will drop off the collected items at Santa's Warehouse on the designated sponsor drop-off days.
- Donate to a gift registry at Amazon or Target
This option is an opportunity for you to purchase one or more items that a child has wished for this holiday season. The items help Santa with last minute gifts for children who don’t have a sponsor and/or ensure that siblings receive an equal number of gifts. Please check the box "ordering a gift" and write in the gift note your name and address to be acknowledged from Child Advocates.
- Volunteer at Santa's Workshop.
This is an opportunity for you to help at our Santa’s Wish List Warehouse. Each December, the warehouse opens for several days for sorting, organizing and of course gift-wrapping for all of the toys that are delivered for our children.