PERHAPS OKc's BEST KEPT SECRET — for MORE THAN Three Decades
The letters above, received over the years, have continually touched our hearts. By doing so, they serve as a reminder, year after year, delivery after delivery, of what Santa’s Cause is all about. The thought of a parent so desperate that she must tell a child that Santa is ill might motivate us almost as much as the thought of that child’s wishful face peering through a dirty window on Christmas morning in a desperate hope that maybe, just maybe, Santa is only running late. Santa's Cause wants to make sure that child is not disappointed!
Established in 1985 in Oklahoma City by Alan and Anita Webb
Santa's Cause, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is an all-volunteer organization providing an anonymous response to children's letters to Santa that would otherwise go unanswered. (We do not want to be a supplemental Christmas service.) We receive most of our requests after other organizations offering help at Christmas have completed their season. All of our letters to Santa are received from pre-approved third-party referring individuals such as teachers, counselors, etc. We do not accept letters from the general public.
Santa's Cause has delivered toys and clothing to thousands of children in the Oklahoma City metropolitan and surrounding areas. Since 1985, we have grown from seven couples helping 58 kids to more than 600 volunteers and contributors helping as many as 1,800 kids each year.
Our only goal each year is to deliver gifts to each and every child who writes a letter requesting help to one of our pre-approved third-party referring individuals—counselors, teachers, etc. Thanks to the support of donors and volunteers, we have never left a letter unanswered.
We take pride in the fact that every dollar donated to Santa's Cause goes toward the cause. We do not pay for rent (space is donated), utilities, or help, and no individual or organization is compensated for services. Each and every dollar is used to purchase supplies, clothing, toys, batteries, or wrapping paper.
Because we are a "last resort" organization, we seldom know in advance to what extent our help will be required. Some years, we are making deliveries until late on Christmas Eve, and many years we have run out of money, requiring that we call on donors and volunteers with an urgent plea for help, always receiving whatever we require to complete the response to the remaining letters. When we have excess funds, we have volunteer shoppers who shop sales after Christmas for the next year, which allows us to stretch donated dollars.
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