Santa Clause Club, an all year effort

May 1, 2011 by Santa Claus Club

A short history of the Santa Claus Club. We began in 1983 with a party for 40 children. Over the next 28 years the party grew to a high of 5200 children in 2010, a high of 463 bikes in 2009, a high of 1020 food boxes in 2008 and a high of 8960 pounds of clothes in 2010. The party was held on Christmas Day thru 2006, and then in 2007 we changed to a year round format. We now go into the barrios on a weekly basis and take the donations directly to the people who need them the most. This gives us a better understanding of the needs of the people we are trying to help. The people we are targeting live in make-shift-housing with no electricity, running water or sewage. With the economy in the shape it is, these people need all the help we can provide. To help you keep up with the Santa Claus Club, we have opened a web site www.santaclausclub.org with pictures, past yearly totals of donations and quarterly updates of donations for 2011.
In 2010, we passed out 480 food boxes, 411 bikes, 8960 pounds of clothes and made 5200 children smile with toys. I would like to thank all of you who donated time to help in the barrios, the shuttle crew that hauled bikes and clothes from the States and those who donated toys, food and clothes. A special thanks to all the Santa Claus Club members that continue to financially support the club with yearly dues. It takes a combined effort of everyone involved to make this project a reality. Besides the donations which we keep totals on, we passed out hundreds of blankets, hundreds of pairs of shoes and several wheel chairs.
In 2011, we are working weekly to provide the same benefits to the needy as last year, thanks to the members that sent in their dues early. This helps keep goods and services flowing on a year round basis. Our first quarter totals are 240 food boxes, 105 bikes, 3790 pounds of clothes and 1000 children with toys.
To our past members, go to our web site or call us at (602) 840-1528 and reconnect with the work we are doing. Over the past 28 years we have had members in all 50 states and 8 foreign countries. We have lost contact with some of you and would like to bring you up to date with the new Santa Claus Club. We also have an e-mail address santaclausclub@hotmail.com that you can contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss what we are doing.
TO JOIN OR REJOIN THE 2011 SANTA CLAUS CLUB, FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND RETURN IT TO: JOHN FOWLER, P.O. BOX 5, LUKEVILLE, AZ. 85341. DUES ARE STILL ONLY $20.00 A YEAR. ABOUT THE COST YOUR COFFEE FOR A MONTH. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE THAT BENEFIT FROM YOUR GENEROSITY, MUCHAS GRACIAS.

 

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