Letters from Santas: March 2017

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

The year in review

Spring is just around the corner, and after a surprisingly harsh winter in Victoria it’s not a moment too soon! We’re looking forward to a busy summer at Santas Anonymous, and you’ll hear lots more about our activities over the coming months. But before we do that, let’s celebrate a full year of Letters from Santas!

It all began last April with the first Letter from Santas, and over the past year we’ve covered a lot of ground. We’ve shared the work that we do throughout the year, from Santa Bear’s activities to the special grants we provide within our community, and we’ve heard from both sides of our Christmas hamper program: the people who keep it running, year after year, and the families we’ve helped through tough times.

In December, we shared a heartfelt letter written by our dear friend, Lawrie Smith, who passed away on January 1st after battling ALS for over a year. Lawrie and his wife, Jacki, dedicated countless hours to Santas Anonymous over the past 27 years, and the January letter was dedicated to his memory.

When February rolled around, it was time for some reflection. To that end, Ryan Price offered his thoughts on another successful hamper program—his first as president of CFAX Santas Anonymous Society—and began looking ahead. As Ryan noted, we need to “maintain the momentum and continue finding better ways to enhance the lives of Greater Victoria children in need, year-round.”

During these twelve months, we’ve done our best to bring different voices to the table, so that you can learn not just who we are as an organization, but who we are as people. As we enter our second year of Letters from Santas, we’re hoping to feature more guest writers with new perspectives and ideas. We’ll talk about our favourite events and activities, cover the amazing work done by our volunteers, and share details on the grand plans that will define our future.

Want to help us out? If you’ve got a question that you’d like to see answered in a future letter, or would like to write one yourself, contact me at russ@cfaxsantas.com.

Thanks for taking time to learn a little more about CFAX Santas Anonymous!

 

Russ Wong
Communications Coordinator

Letters from Santas: February 2017

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

February’s guest writer

It’s February 2017, and we’re bringing all of our volunteers from 2016 back to the workshop for our annual volunteer-appreciation party. With this in mind, we’ve asked Ryan Price to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what’s to come.

Ryan has been on air with CFAX 1070 since 2005, and is currently the station’s News Director and Morning Anchor. He joined the Santas Anonymous Board of Directors in 2011, and recently stepped up to become our current president. Continue reading »

Letters from Santas: January 2017

Remembering Lawrie Smith
Lawrie and Jacki Smith

This month’s letter is dedicated to the memory of Lawrie Smith, who passed away on January 1st, 2017, after battling ALS for over a year.

Lawrie will be remembered by everyone at Santas Anonymous for his generous spirit, warm heart, and thoughtful leadership. In our December Letter from Santas, he wrote about how lucky he was to be “part of such a marvelous adventure”. In the years to come, his impact will be felt throughout our operations, from the way we do certain things to the family members who have taken up his cause.

Santas Anonymous would not be what it is today without people like Lawrie Smith, and we will never forget him.

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Happy holidays!

Our Christmas hampers have been collected by local families in need, ensuring that they’ll have food for the holidays and gifts to be opened on Christmas Day. Our work is done, and our 2016 hamper program draws to a close.

We’re grateful for the thousands of donors and supporters in our community. Thank you for helping us serve more families than ever and raise a record sum of $579,370 during our Miracle on Broad Street radiothon. Your continued support inspires us to do more every year.

We’re grateful to our local firefighters, who delivered hampers all over Greater Victoria. Thank you for reminding us of all the brave people in emergency services working on behalf of our community every day.

And we are grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who put in countless hours over the past year. You volunteered in shopping centres, wrapped gifts in our workshop, and packed groceries in our warehouse. You organized events, coordinated operations, and kept this giant machine running smoothly. And when families came to our warehouse to pick up their hampers, you greeted them with smiles, entertained the children, and brightened their spirits for the days ahead. Thank you for the energy and enthusiasm you bring to Santas Anonymous and the people we serve.

Working together, we made this holiday season better for hundreds of families in Greater Victoria. More importantly, we let them know that they are not alone. Thank you all for making a difference in our community. We couldn’t do this without you.

From all of us at CFAX Santas Anonymous, happy holidays and best wishes for 2017.

It’s not too late to donate!

Our Tree of Wishes displays have left the malls and our hampers have been delivered, but we accept donations year-round. With your help, we’ll support families dealing with crises such as house fires and other disasters.

Throughout the year, you can bring your donations of new toys and clothing to our office at 1420 Broad Street, where the front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Monetary donations can be made online via CanadaHelps.