State’s Drug Addiction Epidemic Impacts OSC

It’s that time of year!  The Operation Santa Claus (OSC) elves are busy at work matching sponsors with children for the 2016 Operation Santa Claus holiday program. But they are coming up short on sponsors and need your help.

More children than ever before have been identified by NH Dept. of Health & Human Services Case workers as in need of the program.  We attribute this to the large number of children who have a history of one or both parents being addicted to illicit drugs.

Due to the increased need, we are in need of more sponsors. We ask that you open your heart and sponsor one or more children. You will receive a form with the child’s history, first name, gender, age, sizes and items the child needs and wants for Christmas.  We ask that you spend a minimum of $70 per child.  If that amount is beyond your budget, please consider co-sponsoring a child with your family, friends or co-workers.  You can access a sponsor form here. Please email your completed form to seaosc@seiu1984.org or fax it to 603-271-6525.

There are gift drop off sites throughout the state and you will be able to bring your gifts to a location near you.  You will be given specific information about packaging and delivery options when you receive your child(ren)’s case sheet(s). Children from 0-17 yrs. of age are eligible for the program.

Established in 1960 Operation Santa Claus (OSC) is a non-profit organization founded by the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire/SEIU Local 1984.  Operation Santa Claus’ mission is to provide holiday gifts for NH children who are without resources and deserving of help.  Without OSC, their holiday would be just another day – without gifts, without things they need, much less want.

When the program began, it benefited 14 children and State Troopers delivered the gifts from county to county.  Today, the program benefits over 3,000 children each year and the delivery would not be possible without the generous participation of the NH National Guard.

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