BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — An out-of-state holiday help group is finding big help in Boca Raton. The group, the “Dear Santa Society,” sent this advisory our way:
Several local businesses have partnered to establish the South Florida chapter of The Dear Santa Society, a Philadelphia-based charity that over the past 25 years has provided toys, clothing and food to thousands of children during the holiday season.
A non-profit organization founded in 1989, The Dear Santa Society strives to bring together a community of caring people who want to help others in their communities. Since its inception, the charity has provided toys, clothing and food to over 4,800 children in approximately 1,500 families. All members of The Dear Santa Society are volunteers, including its board members and officers. No volunteers, officers or board members receive any compensation and 100% of contributions made to The Dear Santa Society are used to fund the holiday drive.
The 501(c)3 organization solicits contributions from individuals, small businesses and large corporations and conducts fund-raising events during the course of the year. The South Florida chapter’s fundraising efforts this year are lead by its founding members, who include The Max Group, The Buzz Agency of Florida, The Sonoma House, Farmer Jay Organics and Blindfold Magazine. Contributions can be made in person to any of the founding member companies or on the Dear Santa Society website (www.dearsantasociety.org). Cash, checks and credit cards are all accepted.
South Florida Chairperson Fred Stampone of The Max Group points out, ”Most of us are lucky to have many happy holiday memories, but there are many children right here in our own backyard who are deprived of such memories. The hardships that many families face throughout the year become particularly acute during the holiday season.”
Volunteers interested in joining this year’s effort should contact The Sonoma House at 561-756-9474. The program schedule calls for wrapping toys and clothing on December 18th at 7:00 PM and delivery to families on December 21st at 8:00 AM, with such activities being conducted at The Sonoma House, 200 NE 11th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432.