The Salvation Army Santa Fund

A student intern's story

Dear Santa,

Growing up “A Miracle on 34th Street” was always my favorite movie. It questioned your existence and made people think about the things around them, but don’t worry, Santa, I have always believed in you. You always take care of the people of the world, without a second thought. You bring hope that there is still goodness and kindness left in the world. The selflessness you show each year by providing presents for millions of kids around the world is amazing. I believe it also helps other people to also be selfless, especially at Christmas. It reminds me of some of the Christmas programs we offer at The Salvation Army.

Just this morning I was packaging up some Angel Tree Tags to be delivered to a local business. On these tags there are different age groups and ideas of things to buy for these age groups. The businesses distribute these to people within their business who want to participate, or at my Church they are hung on a tree and people can take them of their own freewill. Items are bought to go along with these item suggestions and then given to us so we can distribute them into the local community to those in need. They are like Secret Santas, helping you out!

My favorite parts of Christmas are being able to enjoy time with my family and giving to others. The first part I will figure out later in December, but until then I can work on the second part working at The Salvation Army.

Preparation is in full swing for our Christmas baskets. Toys have been gathered from various donations we have received including from Toys for Tots. They will be bagged and piled awaiting the day they are distributed into the local community to families who have signed up for the assistance. Dollies, Barbies, monster trucks, blankets, stuffed animals, action figures, craft kits and so much more await distribution. It probably looks like your workshop Santa. The smile from all the parents and children will be the best reward.

For anyone who needs the reminder if you are real, all they need to do is look around at the work that is being done and they will catch a glimpse of you.

I’ll make sure we leave you some milk and cookies.

Your Friend,

The Student Intern

Please help by giving generously to the Salvation Army and the Sun-Gazette Santa Fund.

You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.