Friends Of Parkside (FOP)’s 2016 Dear Santa Christmas Project is now underway. This year, approximately 37 Parkside children age 6 to 12 submitted their Dear Santa letters for possible adoption by caring people who are called “Santa Helpers”.
FOP has operated its Dear Santa Project for more than 21 years to help bring a Merry Christmas to Parkside children. “The Dear Santa Christmas Project is one of most important projects FOP offer to the Villages at Parkside Community”, said Zachary Rowe, FOP Executive Director. The Dear Santa Project is an adopt-a-child for Christmas type project; however, it is personalized and unique experience for children and Santa Helpers. In FOP’s Dear Santa project, children write a letter to Santa telling him the three things he or she wants most for Christmas. FOP staff and volunteers share the children’s Dear Santa letters with friends, colleagues, and other caring people who then select a child they want to adopt for Christmas. The Santa Helper is asked to buy at least one of the three gifts the child wants most for Christmas and either has the gift shipped to or dropped off at FOP Offices. The gifts are passed out the second or third week of December to the parents. After Christmas, the child and parent have to write a thank you letter to the Santa Helper. FOP usually mail these thank you letters by the third week of January.”
To be a Santa Helper, just click on the Dear Santa Project link on the top menu and follow these five easy steps:
Step 1 – Pick a child
Step 2 – Add to Cart
Step 3 – Proceed to Check Out
Step 4 – Register and download the Dear Santa Letter
Step 5 – Either buy the gift using the Amazon link or download the letter and buy the gift at your favorite store
For more information, please call 313.822.0311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.