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Santee Santas Deliver the Goods this Holiday Season

The food and toys were donated, collected, sorted, rationed out, and the time has come for hundreds of volunteers to deliver them to Santee families in need.

The and their volunteer army, including personnel and , were out in full force midday Monday to deliver toys and food to families in need around Santee.

It was hard to miss one of the placed around town the last couple months that were just begging to be filled with food and toys. Between these bins, food drives at local schools and churches, donated food by stores, and other means, 200 families will be eating better this holiday season. The number of recipient families has risen from 176 since last year.

For 57 years the Santee Santas Foundation has been helping low income seniors and families have a brighter holiday and entire year.

This year, each family will get a turkey, five pounds of potatoes and five pounds of oranges, one pound of butter, one gallon of milk, and other donated canned goods, not to mention the toys and other gifts that are included.

The first step after collecting the goods, is sorting them. All last week volunteers broke the food into categories, calculated what they had, and rationed them out into boxes for each family.

Monday at noon volunteers came to the sorting site, got a card with a family name on it, firefighters helped wheel the packages out, load them in the vehicles, and the food was delivered to the family's doorstep.

With about 200 volunteers helping out, the deliveries only take about three hours, even in the rain.

The Santee Santas and  also hosted a special holiday dinner last weekend for a random pick of families on the recipient list. City Councilmembers , , , and School Board member were even on hand helping to serve turkey and ham.

"If we can find five restaurants to participate next year, together, we could cover the entire list," said Michael of Michael's Grill.

Near the end of the deliveries, , Seceretary of the Board of the Santee Santas Foundation, was commenting on how great it is that the whole community comes out to help the Santee Santas

With a little help from , , , , Einstein's Bagels, , , , and other local eateries, the Santee Santas were even able to feed the volunteers that came out to help this holiday season.

The Santee Santas don't stop their work when the holidays are over. They provide emergency assistance to needy families throughout the year. For more information, contact 619-258-5947 or visit santeesantas.org.

michael lou December 21, 2010 at 03:47 PM
Well done. What a great job. Many thanks to the volunteers and Santee santas for making this christmas a special one for some families.
carol martinez December 21, 2010 at 04:56 PM
my mom is 90 and suffered a stroke this year, but that didn't stop her from her volunteer duties it kept her going. the santee santa blessed her with a vase of flowers yesterday and it thrilled her that someone would do something so thoughtful. what a wonderful idea and thank you.
Sam December 25, 2010 at 07:46 PM
A message to all our 2010 Volunteers. On behalf of all the Santee Santas Board Members, Thanks for your help in 2010 - you guys did an awesome job. Happy Holidays to all. Sam Modica, Secretary, Santee Santas Foundation

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