We're happy to run the LETTERS TO SANTA program exclusively through
Chicago's public schools! It is truly a joy to serve the children in our community. In the past 14 years, we've distributed
and answered well over 100,000 Letters to Santa, written by many of the neediest kids in our schools.
2016 IS OUR 15TH YEAR RUNNING THE PROGRAM AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED
TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION!
hope you will gather your elves and order letters today!!
Why not join with your school or business and sponsor several classrooms or even an entire school?
How does the program work and is there a spending limit?
We collect Letters to Santa written by
the neediest children in our schools. Most of the schools in our program are at 95% poverty or higher. We encourage children
to ask for items they need and often times they will request winter coats or personal items. The limit is $35
We then distribute their letters to donors throughout
the country and ask that a gift in the $30 range be purchased, wrapped and delivered to the child's school. If possible,
we ask that you send us an additional $5 per letter to help defray our program costs, for a total limit of $35
per letter. Because we are a "hands on" charity, we do not do a lot of fundraising. As a result, we are
a low to no budget charity and to continue this program, we are in great need funding
help. Please send your $5 per letter donations to;
Direct Effect Charities
4044 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Please know this donation is optional and we are happy to send
you a letter(s) even if are unable to send us $5.
What age range are the children?
We serve students
from 3-20, from Pre-K through the vocational high schools
Can I request a girl or boy?
You can request a boy or girl as well as age range. We encourage
you to request letters from children the same age as yours! It's a wonderful project that will teach them the wonders of giving.
Can I spend more than $30
on my gift?
ask that you try and stick to that limit. It is not fair to students when one child receives 5 presents while others may receive
one. If you wish to spend more, we ask that you send an extra wrapped gift and mark it girl or boy with an age range. There
is often a small percentage of gifts that do not make their way to the child for various reasons and it helps the schools
to have extras on hand.
my donations tax deductible?
Direct Effect will be happy to send you a tax exempt receipt for your donation.
When does the program begin?
We are well under way! PLEASE ORDER YOUR LETTERS TODAY and we'll get them out as soon as they are in hand! There is NO LIMIT to the number of letters you can order. Whether
you want 1 or 1000, we will be happy to provide you with them!
Please feel free to call 312.296.5311 with
any questions you may have!
What a school looks like leading up
to the big day.....
Thanks for all the smiles you create and
hearts you touch!