Update on 2016 Special Grants

The funding cycle for 2016 grant applications will be announced on June 2, 2016.

Visit the Special Grants page to learn more about the application process and eligibility requirements.

Letters from Santas: May 2016

Everyone talks about our Christmas Hamper program, but do you know what keeps CFAX Santas Anonymous busy through the rest of the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to find out what we’re doing, who we’re helping out, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Every month, we’ll talk about our current work and invite a guest writer to share their perspective. You’ll learn a bit more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

Our guest writer for May 2016 is Eric Spurling, a local community leader, businessman, and member of our board of directors.

May’s guest writer

Eric Spurling sharpened 2x3 300 dpi sRGB for internetAt Santas Anonymous, our focus is typically on getting your donations to children and families in need as efficiently as we can. But as our programs have grown to support more people in the Greater Victoria, so has our footprint…and our bottom line.

For May’s Letter from Santa, we’ve invited Eric Spurling to talk about opportunities for you to celebrate LEAVE A LEGACY™ Month by supporting the CFAX Santas Anonymous Society.

Eric is the founder of Victoria-based Proline Management Ltd., and has served on the Santas Anonymous board of directors since 2011. He puts his expertise in real estate and business management to use as a member of our finance committee and as chair of our HR committee and legacy committee. Continue reading »

Oak Bay Half Marathon

May 29, 2016

OBH-Logo-whitebgCFAX Santas Anonymous Society is the charity of choice for the Oak Bay Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday, May 29. Contact us for fundraising tips and join our team of runners to help local children year round.

Visit oakbayhalf.com to register for the 10k run, half marathon & relay, or the kids 1k fun run.

Volunteer as a road marshal

We’re recruiting volunteers to serve as road marshals at this year’s race.

Ask a friend, sign up with your coworkers, or gather the family and join us for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience. Check out the road marshal job description, and contact us at volunteer@cfaxsantas.com or 250-920-4644 to sign up.

Al Ferraby’s $21 for 21km


Support CFAX 1070 morning host (and Santas Anonymous board member) Al Ferraby as he once again runs the half marathon on behalf of our Society. Al’s goal is to raise $100 for every km of the race!

On Friday, May 27, listen to Al’s show on CFAX 1070 and call in from 6-9am to pledge your support.

You can also donate online at Al’s $21 for 21km fundraising page on CanadaHelps.com, any time between now and July 29, 2016.

Kids 1k Fun Run Challenge

We’re looking for children under the age of 14 to participate in the Kids 1k Fun Run Challenge as members of our Kidz Helping Kids team. Contact us at volunteer@cfaxsantas.com or 250-920-4644 to get involved.

Just like Al Ferraby, we’re asking Kidz Helping Kids team members to collect donations on behalf of Santas Anonymous, but there’s no minimum amount required.

Learn how to quickly and easily set up a fundraising page at CanadaHelps.com, with “CFAX Santas Anonymous Society” as your selected charity. You’ll be able to send your page to others online, share it on social media, and see how much you’ve raised for Santas Anonymous. And since everything goes through CanadaHelps.com, you don’t have to worry about collecting the money in person.

Thank You Notes: our volunteer family

Group photo of Santas Anonymous volunteers on Grocery Packing Day

One big happy family

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week with thank you notes! Check back throughout the week of April 11-15 for new messages from our team leaders to the volunteers with whom we work.

April 16, 2016

To everyone in the Santas Anonymous volunteer family:

Family? Yes!

We are a family of sisters, brothers, elders and kids of all ages. We care about one another, we celebrate hard work and accomplishments, we laugh together and sometimes we grieve together.

We share our resources and expertise to plan for the future, and we deliver the bounty received by donors with those that need it most. We are a very large family–one with hundreds of individuals that share one common goal: to help our local children.

Our volunteers live in all corners of our community, keeping our ears to the ground and fingers on the pulse of Greater Victoria. And when an opportunity arises to help a child, we never shy away from the task at hand…whether we’re in the workshop, warehouse, board room, or main office, at a special event, delivering hampers, or getting the message out online and on air.

Let’s continue to grow into the future and expand our marvelous family, generation by generation. You make a difference every day with your gift of time, your gift of expertise and your gift of love.

I am blessed to know and work with each and every one of you. So this week–and every week of the year–I celebrate YOU!

Thank you!

Christine Hewitt
Executive Director

Christine Hewitt has served as the Executive Director of CFAX Santas Anonymous since July 2010, overseeing all of the organization’s programs and fundraising activities. Throughout the year, she works with a team of dedicated volunteers and board members to build the Society’s capacity while providing ongoing assistance to children and families living with poverty.

Thank You Notes: board of directors

CFAX Santas Anonymous's 2015-2016 Board of Directors

CFAX Santas Anonymous’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week with thank you notes! Check back throughout the week of April 11-15 for new messages from our team leaders to the volunteers with whom we work.

April 15, 2016

To our board members:

I would like to thank the members of the CFAX Santas Anonymous Society’s board for volunteering your time and talents.

We’re blessed with a group of people who have come together as a cohesive unit focused on strengthening the charity for the future. By all accounts, we are succeeding because of your important contributions. Our current members bring an awe-inspiring mix of talents and skills; and we all bring the same dedication to the cause.

Our board members also actively volunteer their time in all sorts of other ways–from helping in the workshop, to working special events, to committee work and many things in-between. That tremendous spirit of volunteerism makes this all possible.

I enjoy spending time with each and every one of you during our (sometimes lengthy) board meetings. CFAX Santas Anonymous is richer because of you, and I’m richer because I know you.

Ryan Price
Vice President

Ryan Price 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 has served as Vice President since 2013. 

Thank You Notes: warehouse volunteers


We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week with thank you notes! Check back throughout the week of April 11-15 for new messages from our team leaders to the volunteers with whom we work.

April 14, 2016

To our warehouse volunteers:

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped pack up 4,500 bags of groceries this year, all those who put in long hours on pickup day, and finally those who put in countless hours cleaning and preparing the warehouse for these two major events.

It is your fantastic support which makes all this possible.

Dale Smith
Warehouse Team Leader

Dale Smith has volunteered with Santas Anonymous for over 20 years and became our Warehouse Team Leader in 2015. He managed the daily operations of our storage and staging space, while leading the planning and organization of our grocery-packing day and hamper pickups by families in need.

Grocery Packing Day (time lapse)

The assembly line

Cardboard collectors

Thank You Notes: workshop volunteers

Santa Bear poses with a group of volunteers in the Santas Anonymous workshop

Workshop volunteers put in thousands of hours preparing hampers for families in need.

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week with thank you notes! Check back throughout the week of April 11-15 for new messages from our team leaders to the volunteers with whom we work.

April 13, 2016

To our workshop volunteers:

From the moment we received our first hamper application to the final piece of tape on that very last present, you have given us countless hours of your valuable time and your limitless talents. For that, I am truly grateful.

You have typed, phoned, sorted, tracked, wrapped, and delivered with a speed and efficiency that would make Santa’s elves jealous, but most of all you connected with one another and became a big family that worked together and made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many children in our community.

Thank you to each team leader for organizing, scheduling, and inspiring your teams, and to every team member a big thanks for always bringing your dedicated hearts and helping hands to the workshop.  We could not do this work year after year without you.

It is a privilege to work with you all.

Tammy Brown
Volunteer Manager

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re PRICELESS.” -Sherry Anderson

Tammy Brown is one of our two volunteer managers, contributing to the recruitment, organization, and training of volunteers for all of our operations throughout the year. She joined Santas Anonymous in 2013, served as a mall lead in 2014, and took on her current position with the Society in 2015.