It’s that time of year again…

Who are the Santa Claus Girls and what do they do?  With this blog you will learn more about this group of volunteers and the wonderful things they do each year.  We will also feature names of those from the community who have contributed monetary donations.

For this post, I’d like to share with you the following article written by Robb Jeffries, a Herald staff writer.

Santa Claus Girls raise funds for needy children

Grand Forks’ oldest charity will be providing hundreds of families in need with toys this holiday season. Santa Claus Girls will be distributing gift bags to about 300 families. The group, founded in 1916 by Herald employees, will be using reader donations to fill about 750 gift bags.

“Some readers do this every year,” said Anita Geffre, the Herald’s chief financial officer and president of Santa Claus Girls. “Some have been donating every year for thirty, forty, or even fifty or more years.”

Originally, the club would make by hand all of the items in the gift bags, including stockings, mittens and doll dresses. This year, the bags will be stuffed with socks, gloves, candy, toys, books and toothbrushes.

Children who receive the gift bags are nominated by schools, churches and community members, Geffre said. Each child nominated receives a gift bag.

“We have a budget of around $18,000 each year,” she said.

Volunteers will stuff the bags on Dec. 12 and will distribute them the next day. Families can also pick up their bags at the Herald offices, 375 2nd Ave. N.

Most of the volunteers who fill and distribute the bags are Herald employees, but members of the community are also welcome to assist.

Donations can be sent to Santa Claus Girls, Grand Forks Herald, Box 6008, Grand Forks, ND 58206-6008  We have included a form you can download and print out to send in with your donation. 

 Click here to download a form

For more information call (701) 780-1194 or (800) 477-6572 extension 1194.

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