2016 Christmas Hamper Applications

The deadline to apply for Christmas Hampers has passed, and we have reached capacity.

Miracle on Broad Street

It’s Friday, December 9, and we’re live on CFAX 1070 from 6am to 6pm with the Miracle on Broad Street radiothon! We’re taking your calls and accepting your donations, aiming to provide food for 1,500 families this Christmas.

Listen to CFAX 1070 all day to learn about the people supported by Santas Anonymous and the thousands of donors and volunteers who make it happen.

Help us create a miracle!

Donate to Miracle on Broad Street and help local children in need.

Tune in for our live musical performances

From 9am to 5pm, we’ll feature a wide variety of fantastic musicians performing live in our studio. Listen in on CFAX 1070, or come down to 1420 Broad Street and join our live studio audience!

Letters from Santas: December 2016

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.

December’s guest writer

The 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Santa Bear, with 2015 recipients Lawrie and Jacki Smith

This month’s Letter from Santas comes to us from Lawrie Smith, the co-recipient of our 2015 Volunteer of the Year award with his wife, Jacki.

Lawrie and Jacki have been the heart and soul of Santas Anonymous for decades, giving more of their time and energy than any other volunteer over the past 27 years. Without their leadership and devotion to helping others, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

You might imagine that December is a special month for the Smiths. And you’d be right.


Jacki’s and my involvement with Santas Anonymous started in 1989.

We were introduced to the organization by a coworker of mine, whose wife was administering the program. They were looking for volunteers to help assemble 300 Christmas hampers, and we were more than happy to join up. After a couple of years of doing this with a hodgepodge of volunteers, we convinced our family and friends to get involved. We were hooked…and so were they.

Since that first year, our commitment to Santas Anonymous has increased immensely, becoming a major part of both Jacki’s and my lives. We have made some unbelievable friends over the years, and it’s amazing how many people share our passion for this organization and this cause.

As the years have gone by, the number of families needing help at Christmas time has increased drastically, and we’ve gone from 300 hampers in 1989 to 1500 in 2015. Of course, with more hampers comes more time spent in the workshop, the warehouse, and the malls. Thus, our team of volunteers has grown larger and, at the same time, closer knit. We’re a family.

Personally, Jacki and I have a very large family of our own, coming from families of seven kids and four kids, and now having five grandchildren and one great grandson. With our ever-growing volunteer family and the satisfaction we get from making Christmas better for over 4000 kids in 1500 families, you better believe that Christmas has always been a joyous time for us.

When the last Christmas hamper and gift bags are picked up or delivered, everyone at Santas Anonymous breathes a sigh of relief knowing that we have once again met our commitment to our community. Come December 25th, there will be a lot of smiles on children’s faces. This is what Christmas is all about.

On Christmas Day, Jacki and I will relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. We’ll think about all of the families we’ve assisted, and reflect on how lucky we are to be part of such a marvelous adventure.

For us, this is what Santas Anonymous is all about.

Sincerely,

Lawrie and Jacki Smith

Contact us to discuss how you can help this Christmas, or to a share a story of how CFAX Santas Anonymous Society made a difference in your life.

KOOL FM Wish Day, December 1

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Our thanks to everyone who called in to 107.3 Kool FM on December 1 to help CFAX Santas Anonymous grant a child’s wish this holiday season. We handed out over 200 wishes over the phone, and raised more than $17,000 (all of which will be matched by an anonymous donor)!

If you missed out on Wish Day, you can find us in the malls until December 11, or donate to CFAX Santas Anonymous via CanadaHelps. Whether it’s a gift of time, money, toys, or clothing, all the help received for our fantastic community is appreciated!

Drop off your Wish Day donations at a Saanich rec centre

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On December 1st and 2nd, you can bring your donations to the Cedar Hill, Commonwealth Place, G.R. Pearkes, and Gordon Head recreation centres, where District of Saanich staff are waiting to assist you.

2016 Tree of Wishes mall locations

Help us fill a child’s Christmas wish

From November 21 until December 14, look for the Santas Anonymous Tree of Wishes at shopping centres throughout Greater Victoria. On each tree you’ll find Santa Bear ornaments containing gift requests from children in need, waiting to be fulfilled by caring community members.

Select the Santa Bear requests that you want to accept and return the gifts to a Tree of Wishes display. Our volunteers will ensure that your donations are wrapped and delivered to the children for whom they are purchased.

In 2016, our Tree of Wishes displays will be at:

Where do I bring my gift donation?

You can return your donations to a Tree of Wishes display during mall hours. Alternatively, donations can be brought to the front desk of the CFAX Santas Anonymous office at 1420 Broad Street (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

When is the last day to bring in my donation?

Please return your Santa Bear gifts as soon as possible to avoid delays in preparing Christmas Hampers, and preferably no later than December 11.

Letters from Santas: November 2016

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.

November’s guest writers

For 2016, Santas Anonymous has once again set a goal of providing Christmas Hampers for 1,500 families, and we’ll need everyone’s help to make it happen.

In this spirit, the November Letter from Santas comes from a local family who have supported Santas Anonymous for many years, and never expected to find themselves on the receiving end of a Christmas Hamper.


Our family has always had a tradition of picking a child from the CFAX Santas Anonymous tree at Hillside Mall. Our kids enjoyed the shopping, and we enjoyed teaching them about doing good things in our community.

When tragedy hit our family, I found myself without employment and our family was really struggling. The pressure of looking for work, dealing with grief, and having to plan Christmas for our other small children was almost too much to bear.

The knock on our door and a hamper full of presents for our kids could not have come at a better time for us. It was a helping hand at a time when it was needed most. My family and I will be forever grateful to the volunteers and the people in our community who generously gave that year and every other year.

Life takes unexpected turns, and you can never know where it takes you. One minute you are the one buying a gift off the tree, and the next you are receiving it. Either way, what Santas Anonymous means to us is community. We all need to look out for one another, and when one falls, we need to extend a helping hand.

For me and my family, CFAX Santas Anonymous is that helping hand.

Sincerely,

The Family Next Door

Contact us to discuss how you can help this Christmas, or to a share a story of how CFAX Santas Anonymous Society made a difference in your life.