Community Responds After WMUR Report
With less than a month until Operation Santa Claus delivery day, the situation looked dire. Though OSC had found sponsors for thousands of children, more than 400 still needed help.
OSC put out a plea for help in the SEA News, which caught the attention of WMUR-TV. The station broadcast a short feature, which drew a response from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The foundation donated $4,000 to sponsor the remaining children.
Linda Farrell, a Chapter 1 member and the chair of the Operation Santa Claus Committee, said OSC is truly a community effort that depends on its volunteers and donations big and small.
“We couldn’t succeed without help from caring people and organizations across the state,” Farrell said. “We’re incredibly appreciative of this donation from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which will help hundreds of children.”
“We also want to thank WMUR-TV for getting the news out,” Farrell said. You can see the WMUR report here.
There are other large donations — the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has donated $5,000 and Longhorn Steakhouse has raised significant money each of the last few years — and many groups as a whole collectively sponsor hundreds of children. Together, with the people who donate a few dollars or sponsor just one child, the community comes together to help make the holiday season just a bit brighter for children and families in need.
As of Thursday, all children who needed sponsors will get presents to open on Christmas Day, just as they have for all of Operation Santa Claus’ 55 years of operation. Volunteer help is needed on drop-off days of Nov. 30, and Dec. 1 and 2, as well as the distribution day of Nov. 10. If you can volunteer some time on one of those days, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about OSC online at www.seiu1984.org/operationsantaclaus.