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, 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) 579-5000 or complete the Elf Form below.
Or, you may also send in a donation and CAB will do the shopping. Just complete our Online Donation Form with your generous donation.
Mail Donations to:
Citizen’s Advisory Board
PO Box 581
Norman, OK 73070
Elf Gift Drop Off Information
Gifts may be turned in beginning November 26th
The community deadline for gift turn-ins is Thursday, December 14 at 5 pm.
Drop off location:
West Gray Medical
419 West Gray St, in Norman from 8:00am – 7:00pm
To receive email notification of our Secret Santa event next year please send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.