The holiday season is a very overwhelming one for the lowest income families in our district who struggle week to week just to meet their family’s basic needs. Granite Education Foundation’s Santa Sacks program helps lighten the holiday load of thousands of those families. Santa Sacks provides children from preschool to high school students with gifts under the tree including clothing, hats, blankets, hygiene kits, books, toys and gift cards for the older students. All recipients of the program are selected by the social workers and counselors in each of the schools that works with these students and families each day.
In 2009, a group of women saw this need and decided to do something about it. In its first year, the Santa Sack program helped 200 students. Now in the tenth year, they expect to bring the magic of the holidays to nearly 3,500 students in a school district where 65% live at or below poverty level.
If you would like to help, we would welcome any and all support! This is a year round effort to gather donations, assemble and deliver the sacks. Please look at the opportunities below to see how you can help with Santa’s workshop.
- Stuffed Animals
- Baby Dolls
- Hot Wheels
- Chapter Books - Grade 3-6
- Art Kits
- Board Games
- Winters Hats
- Fleece Blankets
- Soccer Balls, Basketballs, Footballs, etc.
If you would like to shop for any of these items on Amazon visit our Amazon Wishlist to make it easier.
*Please Note: All items must be new.
If you or your family and friends would like to help with the assembly or delivery of the Santa Sacks please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not using outside volunteers this holiday season.
If you would like to make a monetary donation please visit our Santa Sack donation page for a description of how the funds will be used and a submission form.