Founded in 1934 by future Baltimore mayor, Theodore R. McKeldin, Santa Claus Anonymous is a unique volunteer non-profit organization. Each year, keenly aware of the thousands of children in the Baltimore metropolitan area who go without presents at holiday time, this wonderful group raises money to give every child a Christmas. And there are many children to help. In 1934, $800 was raised for Christmas distribution. This year, their goal was $300,000, counting on the dedication, cooperation and a belief in the spirit of Christmas.
Except for one paid staff person, Santa Claus Anonymous’ programs are planned, organized and carried out 100% by volunteers. From organizing golf tournaments and gala auctions to tracking and recording donations, volunteers make it happen. That’s dedication.
As for cooperation, the group partners with the Department of Social Services or its equivalent in Baltimore City and seven neighboring counties – Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard and Fredrick – to accurately identify eligible recipients and distribute gift certificates for them.
Other partners are the retail merchants who honor the certificates [for children’s merchandise only] and then discount their bill to Santa Claus Anonymous when it’s time for reimbursement. This successful three-way cooperation assures that gift certificates go to children who truly deserve them and that we maximize the buying power of every dollar we raise.
Finally, there’s the wonderful intangible of the Christmas spirit – the open hearted, caring, anonymous gift that shares the joy of giving with others.
Belief in that spirit is why their holiday funding takes the form of gift certificates sent directly to eligible children’s parents. In turn, they use the certificates to buy games, books, toys or clothing. Parents and children share the joy of giving and the precious preservation of dignity and self respect.
“At Santa Claus Anonymous, we value this truly unselfish expression of the holiday spirit. It is an honor and privilege to help assure its success. We welcome the volunteer participation and financial support of all who share than vision – to give every child a Christmas.”
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(source: Santa Claus Anonymous)