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.
June’s guest writer
This month’s Letter from Santas is written by Russ Wong, a volunteer with Santas Anonymous since 2013. As our communications coordinator, Russ works closely with our executive director and a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute to our website, social media, and special events throughout the year.
And every December, you’ll find him greeting families when they pick up their Christmas hampers at our warehouse, and making sure everyone receives a warm welcome.
It’s June, and for me that means we’re half a year another busy December. Everyone at Santas Anonymous is taking time to enjoy the wonderful Victoria weather, but that doesn’t mean we’re not busy. Not by a long shot.
While Christmas hampers will always be a big part of what we do, the fact is that Santas Anonymous helps children and families throughout the year. After all, it’s not as if poverty is only an issue one month out of every twelve. There are children showing up to school without lunches, school supplies, or backpacks to carry it all in. There are families who’ve lost everything to house fires and other disasters.
There’s always a need, and we’ll always do our best to fill it.
I wish that we could do more; that we could be there for every child who’s suffering, and extend our reach beyond our local community. But like any other organization, there’s only so much we can do with our limited resources. We can’t be everywhere…so it’s a good thing we know some people who can.
Every year, the Professional Firefighters of Greater Victoria Community Foundation raises funds for our Society and numerous other charities, and we can’t thank them enough for their support. That’s why we’ve taken steps to make the toys and clothing stored in our workshop easily accessible by members of the Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Saanich, and Victoria fire departments.
As some of the first people on the scene at emergencies, firefighters are often the first people to interact with children who’ve had their worlds turned upside down. From now on, they’ll be able to use our supplies to build comfort packages for suffering families, returning after the emergency to help parents and children get back on their feet and look forward to tomorrow.
It could make all the difference to a family in the aftermath of tragedy. And it’s just one of the many ways in which CFAX Santas Anonymous brings hope to children in need.
That’s what I love about this organization, and why so many of us give so much of our time and energy to it.