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

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