a means for people who “have” to become Santa for kids who have not
Every kid celebrating Christmas dreams of waking to presents under a tree, but that’s not reality for 11 million children nationwide who live under the poverty line. For their families, the holidays feel bleak and stressful, as they cannot answer their children’s letters to Santa. But together, we can change that. You can make a meaningful difference for kids, right here at santaforaday.org.
You can be Santa for a Day, and bring hope and joy to life by making holiday dreams come true for kids who need it the most – fulfill Santa’s letters with a simple two-step click of generosity, and you’ll deliver gifts to kids who deserve a festive holiday season.
Santa for a Day (SFAD) is a non-religiously affiliated 501(c)(3) Public Charity providing holiday gifts, basic needs and educational supplies for children living in underserved urban areas.
SFAD serves children ages 5-12 from low-income, marginalized, and vulnerable communities, the majority of whom live more than 150% below the Federal Poverty Line in urban areas and/or city owned public housing properties. Our kids are disproportionately Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and/or come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our aim is to reach into America’s most impoverished neighborhoods and show the power of goodness in the face of adversity through the holiday spirit, regardless of race, ethnicity, financial ability, gender, or religion. Our two-fold mission includes spreading hope while empowering childhood literacy- we teach youngsters the power of the pen and reward their efforts by translating their wishes into reality. Santa for a Day has been operating since 2018 and last year, SFAD reached more than 6,800 children, delivering almost 14,000 holiday presents in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia.
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Programs such as Santa for a Day have the unique power to dramatically transform the arc of a young child’s personality as well as to transform the trajectory of his or her future… Whether they believe in Santa or not, God-bless all who support this wonderful and life-changing endeavor!”
“As someone devoted to making government at all levels more efficient and responsive to my constituents, I find it remarkable how a volunteer concept, like Santa for a Day, that is so elegant in its simplicity, can so quickly leverage such wide-spread, and heart-felt, joy and cheer!”
We’ve partnered with local housing authorities in eight cities to impact kids living in locally underserved areas. These children write a letters to Santa that are collected by our housing partners – the letters are redacted for privacy, then sent to SFAD .
Each child can ask for three items: something educational, something they really want (like a toy), and something that they/their family member really needs. SFAD transforms kids’ letters into individual online shoppable letters that you can read and then click to buy a pre-matched gift via credit card at santaforaday.org.
Orders are encrypted then transmitted to our online partner, Amazon.com, who then ships items to SFAD. SFAD wraps and gets the gifts to each city with our shipping partner, Uber Freight who generously powers Santa’s sleigh. Our housing partners then surprise the kids with the magic of the gifts at their respective holiday parties.
Volunteers help Santa for a Day succeed in spreading joy. We hope you’ll consider the many ways to give of your time: