A few years ago, Superwife andÂ a few closeÂ friends got involved with a local (Alaska) charity that provided Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in our area. We recieved Christmas wish lists from kids ages 0-18, and did our best to make Christmas a holiday for these kids and their families. The Mat-Su Special Santa program helped over 3000 children in 2009, and has helped over 15,000 children since 1997!
This year, I expanded my involvement – by sharing it with YOU.Â I postedÂ about this opportunity on the Superwife facebook page, and was able to sign up a wonderful group of generous SuperSponsors.
AfterÂ coordinating with the MatSu Special Santa program to request individual wishlists for children in AK, Superwife’s SuperSponsors made a Christmas difference for 25 kiddos this year. TWENTY-FIVE.
Now THAT was a car load of gifts. :) Adam and I loaded up all of the presents on Tuesday night into the back of my new mom van, and on Wednesday morning I set out to deliver everything to the Special Santa Workshop out in Wasilla (with the help of SuperSponsor Charlotte and my darling little Ellie).
The program volunteers were ecstatic, and it was absolutely amazing to see the behind-the-scenes magic that happens in the workshop. Volunteers were bustling about, putting together packages for families; tables were stacked with toys, games, jackets, and sports items. Jackets, hats and gloves were hung in the middle of the room, waiting to be packed up. Bags marked with individual numbers for each family were neatly situated in the corner of the warehouse, packed and ready to go – each with a brightly colored winter sled attached.
Although we didn’t get to actually see the families pick up their gifts, this experience was just awesome. A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful people who volunteered to fulfill wishlists this year – I know that these kids will absolutely LOVE the stuffed animals, winter gear, blankies, gift cards, princess stuff, pajamas, basketballs, bicycles, baby toys, diapers, backpacks, coloring books, scooters, and all of the other items you had fun shopping for.
I love that the feedback I recieved from you all was so heartwarming – many of you took this as an opportunity to teach your own children about helping and giving, and ALL of you were so excited to help and shop that you said you had a hard time staying within the program-set spending limits (me too!).Â I seriously cried reading emails and texts from sponsors more than once during this whole event. *WARM FUZZIES!*
Next year… SuperSponsor goal is 50. I know we can do it! :)