This year, 49,147 children in 28,058 families across 189 Massachusetts cities and towns will open Christmas gifts from Globe Santa, thanks to thousands upon thousands of heartfelt donations.
It was the 57th Christmas that Globe Santa and his friends had provided gifts for needy families who were faced with serious financial, medical, or other problems that made it impossible for them to afford gifts of their own.
Over those years, Globe Santa has visited 2,756,923 children in 1,098,591 families. Donors have given $42,354,044 and counting.
This year, 24,088 girls and 25,059 boys, infants to 12 years, received gifts through the program.
Each year the money that is contributed is used to buy gifts for the next Christmas with professional buyers starting the task as early as spring, purchasing gifts that are then delivered to the Globe facility in Millbury.
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