Christmas can be a sad and lonely time for a child in out-of-home care. They are away from their families, they have had numerous disappointments in their young lives and have little hope that things will change. By fulfilling one small wish they have for Christmas, the message of love and hope is given to these children. The philosophy for Secret Santa is that for once a child should be able to ask for what they want, no matter how silly it may seem, and get exactly what they wish for. A 12 year old cannot believe that she can ask for something that costs more than $10 dollars! Another child does not believe in Santa because Santa has never visited him! Wow! YOU can make a difference.
Our Secret Santa program was created in 1989 and that year 69 children were provided a Christmas. Now, 25 years later, the number of children benefiting from our program has grown from 69 to over 800. CAB works directly with DHS to help provide a Christmas for all of the children in the Cleveland County foster care program. We work throughout the year raising money and finding shoppers for our children. Wish lists are gathered from the children, given to community shoppers or shopped for by CAB itself to fill the lists. About a week before Christmas, the gifts are distributed and delivered so Christmas morning will bring a smile to their face and send a little warmth and hope to their hearts. Santa must deliver!
If you are interested in becoming an elf this Christmas please call us at (405) 809-4230 and complete the Elf Form below.
Or, you may also send in a donation and CAB will do the shopping. Just complete and return our Donation Form with your generous donation.
Return all Elf and Donation Forms to:
Citizen’s Advisory Board
PO Box 581
Norman, OK 73070
Elf Gift Drop Off Information
The community deadline for gift turn-ins is Thursday, December 8 at 5 pm. We have 2 convenient locations for drop off this year;
2412 Palmer Circle in Norman open 8am-5pm
419 West Gray St, in Norman open Noon-7pm
The public is invited to a community viewing of the gifts on Tuesday, December 13 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive email notification of our Secret Santa event next year please send your email address to: email@example.com.