Operation Santa provides toys and gifts to children in need in our community. In addition, the Adopt-a-Family program matches donor groups with families in need to provide gifts such as toys or clothes for the children, basic household items for the family, grocery gift cards, or food for a holiday meal. In 2012, our program expanded to include children in the Gilbert community, as well as Chandler, which meant more children. In 2013 we served over 2000 children, yet we work collaboratively with other organizations to cross-check the names of all individuals registered to eliminate duplication of services, which allows us to reach more children.
In 2013, a pilot program has been introduced to provide an opportunity for parents to become more involved in providing Christmas for their children by attending classes or volunteering to earn points towards higher end gifts, such as bikes. We are well aware that many parents yearn to provide gifts for their children, yet their current circumstances limit them from doing so. This program provides this empowerment to these parents. Help us support these parents who make the effort by attending classes and volunteering, by supporting this portion of our Operation Santa program.
There are several ways that you can help to bring smiles to these families. Help us by bringing in new toys or gift cards to the CCCC office, host a toy drive, adopt a family or more either individually or through your organization, shop for particular children, or make a monetary donation. Please call Lori Tapia at 480-963-1423 for all the details, or email lori@ChandlerFoodBank.org.