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Be A Parkside Santa Helper

2017 Season’s Greeting

 WHAT IS THE DEAR SANTA/CHRISTMAS GIFT PROGRAM?

Since 1993, the Friends Of Parkside (FOP) has sponsored its Annual Parkside Christmas Gift Day to help provide children in the Villages at Parkside, formerly Parkside Homes, a public housing complex, with a Merry Christmas. 

WHO ARE SANTA HELPERS?

Every year, FOP staff recruits caring people you like to be Santa Helpers to make a Parkside child’s Christmas wish come true. These Santa helpers come from all over Michigan and the United States and from all walks of life. Over the years, Santa Helpers have come from places as far as Boston, Texas, Seattle, and Kentucky.  Past Santa helpers include University of Michigan faculty, employees, and students’ groups, Henry Food Hospital,  the Villages at Parkside/Fourmidable Group, and the Detroit Housing Commission.

HOW DOES THE DEAR SANTA/PARKSIDE GIFT DAY WORK?

Parkside children age 6 to 12 receive a “Dear Santa” form letter. The child fills out the form letter telling Santa his or her name, age, grade, what he or she wants for Christmas, and the reason why.  The Santa helper reads the children letters and picks the child he or she would like to adopt for Christmas.  The Santa helper buys the gift and delivers it to our offices, or make arrangements for pick up by FOP staff. In some cases, Santa helpers make cash donations. Christmas gifts are due Monday, December 11th and we will hand out gifts to the families on Thursday, December 14th.  In mid-January 2018, the Santa helper receives a thank you letter from the child.

This year, we have received approximately 34 Dear Santa letters. We really hope that you can be a Santa helper and help make a child’s Christmas wish come true.

HOW CAN I BECOME A SANTA HELPER?

To adopt a Parkside child or to make a donation, please visit http://store.friendsofparkside.org/. Or for more information, please call Latesa or Zachary at 313.822.0311 or email santahelper@friendsofparkside.org.

 This is a project of Friends Of Parkside (FOP) in partnership with the TVP Residents Council.

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