Blue Santa Fills the Helmet
Annually, the Fountain Public Safety Department Auxiliary, the Fountain Fire Department and Fountain Police Department join forces to provide a Winter Wonderland Celebration for the children and families of Fountain Valley. We have been able to provide toys, holiday meals, and some one-on-one time with Santa Claus to those families.
This year we once again take on this tremendous task. With COVID-19, it may look differently this year, but we are determined to put a smile on every child’s face. Last year we gave gift packages to 334 children and fed 494 people. This year we anticipate a growth in need of 100% due to the current pandemic. At the same time, our organization has not been able to attend fundraising opportunities, causing a loss of almost $15,000. We are making changes for social distancing, which will help save some money, but we still anticipate the need for approximately 5,000 gifts and food for holiday meal boxes for 300+ families. None of this is possible, though, without the support we receive from or community!
We will once again be accepting donations in the form of cash or new unwrapped gifts. These items can be dropped off at the Fountain Fire Station or the Fountain Police Department starting October 1, 2020. Weekly drop-off’s can be arranged if your business would like to set up a donation drop box. Tax-free donation forms are available upon request.
DO YOU KNOW A FAMILY THAT NEEDS HELP?
There is a great deal of requests for assistance during the holiday season, especially this year with the impact of COVID-19. While we would like to, we are unable to assist all families that require assistance. All applications will be evaluated and a decision will be made from a committee. Priority assistance will be given to families that fall at, or under, 200% of poverty level.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Without the help of volunteers, this event would not be possible. There is a lot of work done before the event, preparing and sorting all the gifts and packages. The day of the event is filled with joy and laughter as you see the children receiving their gifts.
This year, with COVID-19, the need is even higher. With higher demand, comes the higher need for volunteers. If you volunteered at any of our past events, you have seen the families meet with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus as they receive their gifts, then they were served a home cooked holiday meal. While this year won’t look like the past years’, it will still be fun and exciting for all involved.
BUSINESSES CAN HELP!
Businesses! We are asking for your assistance in supporting this amazing program. The benevolence of businesses like yours makes it possible to give Christmas gifts and a holiday meal to those families that are most in need. The number of children we have provided for has grown every year. Please include business cards along with the donation. We will be posting a list of all donors on our website and social media sites, as a thank you for your support.