Thursday, December 18, 2008

Are you Subbing for Santa?

(Blogging twice in one week? Oh my gosh! What's the world coming to?)

For many years, our family has always done a Sub for Santa. We don't go through the official SFS program, but rather find a family local to us or someone we know who is in need, and then we provide a fun Christmas for them. We have such a good time picking out the gifts and wrapping them, but the best part is when we leave them on the porch, knock and then run. Then we go back home and giggle over goodies, imagining how excited the children must be to find all sorts of gifts on their porch.

This year, we're doing it a little differently. We're helping to provide Christmas for a family that's being sponsored by Provident Book/Humdinger Toys. And instead of knock and run, we actually get to be the elves who accompany Santa on Christmas Eve to deliver the packages.

I know lots of people like to participate in this type of Christmas giving. If you do, but you haven't found a family to help yet, you're welcome to join with us in providing Christmas for this one.

Provident Book/Humdinger Toys decided to do a Sub for Santa but hadn't chosen a family yet. A woman and her daughter came into the store and noticed our SFS signs and asked how to get on the list for consideration. The daughter has three children. She's a single mom. Her youngest, the boy, has some physical handicaps. She had no way to provide Christmas for her children. She also had not signed up for Christmas assistance from any of the other programs. It just felt right, so we adopted them as our store's family to help this year.

We had her bring her children in to the store. They had such fun creating a wish list for Santa. They were the most well-behaved children—they were respectful to the toys, putting things back where they belonged, polite to us and to each other. I'm sure they were on their best behavior, but still. (Unlike the obviously well-off woman who brought her three children in later that day and let them trash the store.)

Anyway, if you'd like to help us sponsor this family for Christmas, there are several ways you can do so. If you're local, you can come into the store (map) and purchase one or more items from the childrens' wish lists—you'll get 15% off items purchased for donation to this family—or simply donate cash. Or you can bring in new, unwrapped items, non-perishable food stuffs, or grocery gift cards. Or you can donate online.

For more details about the family, a list of suggested items, and the link to donate online, visit the Provident Book blog.


ali said...

It's wonderful to hear of a store that's umm, putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak. And the store just got started - that's really impressive.

Thanks for sharing what the store is doing - and you, Karlene!

Merry Christmas!

Suan said...

we are doing the 12 days of christmas this year for a family that has lost a love one recently was my son's idea and we have included some of his friends... it's nice to see teenagers think of others and want to help in some way. enjoy your sub for is so fun to brighten someones day...even in a small way.

Cindy Beck said...

What a wonderful idea! It's so nice to know of a store run by people with heart. I hope you get lots of donations!

Tristi Pinkston said...

What an awesome store. Sorry about the rich woman with the snotty kids. If I ever get rich, we'll try not to trash your store when we come in. But if I ever got rich, I'd be spending lots of money at your store, so there would be some mayhem in that way.

Sandra said...

I love this idea. At work, instead of getting each other gifts we adopted and angel off of the angel tree and had a blast shopping for her. We really went overboard, but it was so much fun!