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.


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.

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