Friends of Santa celebrate Christmas in July

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Friends of Santa is a special group of friends in the East Cooper area that enjoy coordinating efforts for supporting others during hard times. They recently held their annual Christmas in July party.

Santa has always been known for his gift-giving abilities, and this particular group of friends enjoys replicating Santa's acts of kindness on a local level. Friends of Santa is a nonprofit organization made up of people and local businesses that donate products, services and time. Proceeds generated assist families in need in East Cooper.

For over 30 years, Friends of Santa has helped individuals and families in need in the East Cooper area. They have assisted with food, shelter, clothing, household appliances, payment of utility bills, etc. Multiple local families are “adopted” during the holiday season as well. Since the organization's early beginning, they have helped countless families and children, and their commitment to this great cause is stronger than ever.

Donations are received from the community on a year-round basis from individuals, families and local businesses. Friends of Santa currently has two major fundraisers each year to also assist in generating proceeds and tangible gift-giving efforts for local families. The annual “Christmas” party occurs during the summer, and a toy drive is held during the holiday season. The Christmas in July party is the group's largest fundraiser and provides dynamic live musical entertainment, professional catering and a silent auction. Various sponsorship levels are offered and receive special recognition during the event. Proceeds received for this night of celebration are used throughout the year to help local families. The annual toy drive involves a fun evening of fellowship and gift-giving by attendees. Toys are requested for children of all ages and are used for distribution to the families adopted during the holidays. Monetary donations are also accepted for this event.

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