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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Valley Santa

I’m reprinting this here without permission because, even though I was disappointed now and again as a kid on Christmas morning back before the advent of electricity, nothing frightened me more as an adult than the thought creeping into my head that maybe, just maybe, I may had been about to disappoint my children on Christmas morning.

Yes, I know it’s supposed to be a spiritual thing not ruled by it’s over-commercialization. But with the economy being in the toilet like it is, and being that children know not of the tug-of-war between spiritual needs and what they’ve come to expect of Christmas morning, I’m going to go all Clinton on you and say that we need to do this…for the children.

I’ll be sending along a check.

Please join me in these respects.


Help Line will once again coordinate volunteers for the Valley Santa Program. Listed below are volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.

Letter Reading is done on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m. Up to ten volunteers are needed each evening. (starts 11/1/09)

Shopping is done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting at 7:00 a.m. (starts 11/2/09) Up to six volunteers are needed each morning.

Gift Wrapping is done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. (starts 11/2/09)

Up to twenty volunteers are needed each evening.

For groups under the age of 12, there needs to be 3 adults for every child.

If you wish to volunteer please contact Help Line (829-1341 or 1-888-829-1341) and reserve the activity and date you desire. Dates fill up quickly and only a certain number of volunteers can be scheduled for each activity.

If you wish to make a donation to Valley Santa send your contribution to:

Valley Santa Inc.
PO Box 5276
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18710

no new or used toys can not be accepted due to space limitations.

To Request help from Valley Santa: Write a letter explaining the need that exists in as much detail as possible. You MUST include your name, the names, ages and genders of your children, you FULL address, zip code and telephone number. The letter must be co-signed by a clergy member or case/social worker and must include their address and evening telephone number for confirmation.

Requests will be considered for children 12 years of age and younger. NO telephone requests will be accepted. Deadline for letters will be December 15, 2009.

Send your letters to:
Valley Santa
PO Box 5268
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18710

(Editor's note:) Later

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