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Be A Parkside Santa Helper

2019 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 Iowa.  Past Santa helpers include University of Michigan faculty, employees, and students’ groups, Henry Ford Hospital,  the Villages at Parkside/Fourmidable Group, and ATT. 

HOW DOES THE DEAR SANTA HELPER PROJECT WORK?

Parkside children age 6 to 13 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's 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 23th (if additional time is needed just let us know) and we will hand out gifts to the families as gifts arrive. In mid-January 2020, the Santa helper receives thank you letters from the child and parent and from Friends Of Parkside.

This year, we have received approximately 46 Dear Santa letters. As of December 18th, we have 15 children waiting to be adopted. We really hope that you can be a Santa helper and help make a child’s Christmas wish come true.

ARE DONATIONS TO THE DEAR SANTA HELPER PROJECT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes!! FOP received notification from the IRS that FOP is exempt from federal taxes under IRS 501 (c)(3) and has approved our request for retroactive status back to February 15, 2013. If you need a tax letter for previous years, please email us at santahelper@friendsofparkside.org.

HOW CAN I BECOME A SANTA HELPER?

To adopt a Parkside child or to make a donation, please visit www.store.friendsofparkside.org/. Or for more information, please call Emory 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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