We have been providing food, clothes, bicycles, toys, school supplies and household items to the needy families of Puerto Peñasco for the past 30 years. For the first 24 years we had a Christmas party in Cholla Bay on Christmas Day. In 2008, we changed our format to a year round program. We now provide our services door to door on a weekly basis. This gives us a better understanding of the needs of the families we are trying to help.
From 2008 to 2011, the Santa Claus Club passed out 3,879 food bags with 155,160 pounds of food, 2,057 bicycles, gave 21,657 children toys and gifts and passed out 37,675 pounds of clothes. In 2012, through September 15, we have passed out 630 food bags with 20,300 pounds of food, 324 bicycles, gave 4,275 children toys and gifts and passed out 21,370 pounds of clothes. Besides our figures we keep totals on, we have passed out thousands of pairs of shoes, blankets, towels and sheets. We have also made donations to the Casa Hogar, Bomberos of Rocky Point, Red Cross, Santa Fe Clinic, Santa Maria Clinic, Clinic San Jose, Sandy Beach Clinic and the Kiko Munro Foundation of disposable rubber gloves, bed liners, Depends, walkers, wheel chairs, canes, medical supplies and handicap items.
We are working year round collecting items for delivery into the barrios. If you have anything to donate, it can be dropped off at the Baja Hotel in Puerto Peñasco or at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. We have fund raisers several times a year: Chili Cook Offs at Playa Bonita and JJ’s Cantina, Garage Sales at Playa Bonita and JJ’s Cantina, Over The Line Softball Tournament on Sandy Beach sponsored by Baja Cantina, One Club Golf Tournament sponsored by JJ’s Cantina and an auction at JJ’s Cantina on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
WE HAVE A DONOR/ANGEL THAT HAS PLEDGED TO MATCH ANY DONATION RECEIVED IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $5,000.00 TOTAL. SO THIS IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED AND HELP THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT THE MOST.
Thanksgiving weekend we are having a garage sale starting at 8am Thursday and Friday and an auction on Saturday starting at 1pm at JJ’s Cantina. Drop off items for either event at JJ’s Cantina anytime.
The Santa Claus Club has a web site www.santaclausclub.org with pictures and totals of goods delivered into the barrios. Totals on the web site are updated on a quarterly basis. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . There is also information and pictures put of facebook under John C Fowler III. If you have questions about our family of people trying to make a difference, call us 602-840-1528.
To join or rejoin the 2012 Santa Claus Club, fill out the form below and return it to john fowler, P.O. Box 5, Lukeville, AZ. 85341. Our dues are only $20.00 a year (about the cost of 1 cup of coffee a month for the year). Anything extra is greatly appreciated. 100% of your donation is used to help the families in the barrios.