The Operation Santa Claus program has been providing NH youth with gifts during the holidays for more than 50 years. The program is a non-profit organization run by members of the State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984. The program began in 1960 when Councilors from the State Employees’ Association voted to help children in need during the holidays. In December of that year, fourteen children received gifts delivered by State Troopers. Over the years, the program has grown exponentially and now provides gifts to more than 3,000 NH children over the holidays.
Mailing address: 207 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301
Volunteers are the backbone of the Operation Santa Claus program. State retirees donate amazing amounts of time reviewing case sheets, filling out forms, and mailing them to sponsors. Other volunteers help with fundraising efforts to buy gifts for the children, as well as wrapping packages, loading, unloading and delivering the thousands of presents.
The success of the Operation Santa Claus program is due to the generous efforts of individuals throughout the state of NH. Employees at many state agencies, individuals, and businesses sponsor children and families each year. If you have participated in the program before, we thank you and hope you will be able to help out again. If you have not helped before, there are no words to describe how good you will feel when you shop for your sponsored child(ren) or write that check.
The children, ages 0 through 17, are identified by NH Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) case workers. Once identified, volunteers around the state work to match children with sponsors who will provide the children with two packages to open during the holiday season. Each sponsored child receives items that are necessities, as well as some desired extras.
Each November, SEA member volunteers, with the help of DCYF staff, qualify and assign children or families to sponsors.
If you would like to become a sponsor, volunteer, or make a donation to this year’s campaign, please contact Linda Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download the 2016 Operation Santa Claus sponsor form here.