Dear Santa
Dear Santa
The Helen Ross McNabb Center often serves those who have little in the way of financial resources and struggle to provide the basics of food, clothing and shelter for their families. As a result the holidays become an extremely stressful time as every child looks forward to having gifts to open as they celebrate the holiday season with their families. 
For the past 15 years, the Center has provided holiday gifts for children up to 18 years of age through the Dear Santa program. Every child in need served by the Center and their siblings receive donated gifts and/or holiday parties. Because many of the children have very little, their Christmas wish lists consist of items to meet basic, simple needs like a pair of shoes. 
Center staff and volunteers look forward to the tradition of providing something special for the children at Christmas time every year. Through the Dear Santa program, the children are provided the opportunity to have a positive, unforgettable Christmas. Adults often equate Christmas time with happy moments in their childhood. One of the greatest gifts the Center can give the children we serve is the opportunity for happy memories. 
The staff at the Helen Ross McNabb Center is busy preparing wish lists for the children we serve and their siblings for our Dear Santa program.  Without the help of the community, many of our children would not have Christmas. Could you or someone you know consider sponsoring a single child or adolescent or several in a family by purchasing and wrapping toys, games, books and clothing? It is so heartwarming to see the smiles on the children's faces when they receive their Christmas gifts during holiday parties at the Center. It is also gratifying to see the smiles and tears on their parent's faces when they pick up bundles of gifts to take home for Christmas morning.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping, please call Rebecca McKnight at (865) 329-9176 or email at  Wish lists will be ready for distribution to interested groups by mid-October to give you plenty of time before the holidays arrive!  Thank you for your compassion during this season of giving. 
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