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Supporter Spotlight: Katie Sloan

By Alex Gramling,
Our community coordinator in Charlotte, North Carolina is the amazing Katie Sloan. She organizes all of our activities there and ensures that truly needy families in her community are able to receive a tree for Christmas. Kate is the Outreach Minister for the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, NC, and she also runs her...  Read More

Ingenious Holiday Product Makes Fake Christmas Trees Look Real

By Alex Gramling,
  An artificial Christmas tree that didn’t look ‘real’ at the base was Ryan Kenny’s inspiration for one of the most ingenious holiday ideas we’ve ever seen. Kenny is the inventor of the Christmas Tree Hugger, which wraps around the bottom of artificial Christmas trees to give them a thicker trunk that looks like real tree...  Read More

It’s an auction (but a silent one)!

By Alex Gramling,
Our Christmas fundraiser in Newburyport featuring the Sweetback Sisters is almost here. The event features an amazing silent auction. It’s a great way to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts and help an awesome cause all at the same time! Coming to the show? Here’s a partial list of items up for bid. Kaya...  Read More

Supporter Spotlight: Scott Magoon

By Alex Gramling,
Our Supporter Spotlight highlights individuals or institutions that contribute their time or gifts to the Santas. This week, we’re chatting with Scott Magoon, a Massachusetts-based illustrator of several popular children’s books, including his latest, The Knights Before Christmas (Henry Holt and Co., 2015), a spoof of the popular holiday poem. Scott has donated signed copies of his book to...  Read More

Partner Spotlight: HomeStretch

By Alex Gramling,
Our Partner Spotlight highlights the work of our partner charity organizations that serve the community year round. This week, we’re learning more about HomeStretch of Roswell, Georgia, a provider of transitional housing and support services for the homeless. The Santas have been delivering trees to HomeStretch families since 2011 and we asked Program Director Carol Swan to...  Read More

Supporter Spotlight: Rubin Pingk

By Alex Gramling,
Our Supporter Spotlight highlights individuals or institutions that contribute their time or gifts to the Santas. This week, the spotlight shines on Rubin Pingk, the author and illustrator of a whimsical new children’s book: Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas (Simon & Schuster 2015). Rubin hails from Utah where he lives with his wife and...  Read More

Partner Spotlight: The Child Development Association

By Alex Gramling,
Our Partner Spotlight highlights the work of our partner charity organizations that serve the community year round. This week, the spotlight is on the Child Development Association (CDA) of Roswell, GA. The CDA was founded in 1967 by local citizens who identified a need for quality care for the children of economically disadvantaged, working parents. By 1969, the group was...  Read More

The Sweet Holiday Sounds of the Sweetback Sisters

By Alex Gramling,
We are thrilled to host our second annual Christmas Singalong Spectacular on Dec 21 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, featuring the Sweetback Sisters. Proceeds from the event, which includes a reception and silent auction, benefit the Santas! Christmas caroling has never been this much fun. The Sweetback Sisters, as heard on...  Read More

Where Do Christmas Trees Come From?

By Alex Gramling,
Where do your trees come from? It’s a good question, and one of the more common ones we’re asked. A lot of people think we own a Christmas tree farm. We don’t. Instead, we buy from tree farmers, and we’ve learned a lot over the years about what they do and how they bring their...  Read More

It’s Not Just a Tree. It’s Hope.

By Alex Gramling,
If your house is like mine, you are already inundated with Christmas catalogs. The calendar may say October, but retailers have turned their focus toward holiday selling. I know many of our families are already thinking about the holidays and feel stress because of it. Several of our partner agencies begin matching their clients to Christmas gifts in...  Read More