When Operation Santa Claus was created in 1960, we didn’t have home computers, smart phones or the Internet. While the spirit of giving doesn’t rely on a high-speed Internet connection, it certainly helps get the word out. With that in mind, we’re rolling out two new high-tech tools to get the word out about Operation Santa Claus: a Facebook page and a new website.
You can find the Facebook page at facebook.com/OperationSantaClausNH. Once you “like” the page, you’ll get all OSC-related updates right in your news feed. Since OSC is a community effort, we want the community to be a big part of the Facebook page. Holding a fundraiser for OSC? Let us know and we’ll create an event. We’d love to see your OSC-related pictures, too. You can post them right on the page!
The new Operation Santa Claus website is at OperationSantaClausNH.tumblr.com/. There, you’ll find background on Operation Santa Claus, contact info, and stories, videos and photos. Check it out, and be sure to bookmark it.
Linda Farrell, a Chapter 1 member and chair of the Operation Santa Claus Committee, said the Facebook page and website will raise awareness of the program as well as shine a light on how much volunteers and donors do.
“Our volunteers work very hard and our donors give so much,” Farrell said. “They’re not doing it for recognition, but it’s still important that we recognize their hard work.”
When you visit the Facebook page or new website, you’ll notice a happy, little elf carrying a couple of gifts – he’s our new mascot. You’re probably wondering, why an elf?
“We all know the elves are the ones who do the real work at Santa’s workshop,” Farrell said. “All of us, the volunteers, like to think of ourselves as the elves of Operation Santa Claus, so we liked the idea of an elf as our mascot.”
We’ll have plenty more on Operation Santa Claus (including a bit more about our new mascot) as Christmas approaches. In case you missed it earlier this week, OSC is selling Bon-Ton coupon books online this year.