Globe Santa — thanks to the efforts of his staff and the men and women of the US Postal Service — delivered gifts to 49,157 children in 28,058 families residing in 189 cities and towns this past Christmas season.
The deliveries were also made thanks to the work of people associated with 107 social service agencies as well as nondenominational religious organizations that carry out the task of providing validation of each family’s situation to determine eligibility for Globe Santa gifts.
In preparing the data for the final campaign report, William Connolly, executive director of the Globe Santa Fund, pointed out that many of the families who sent letters seeking help were housed in hotels and motels, and often between the time the letters arrived — as early as September and October — they had moved.
This requires much work on the part of Globe truck drivers, who bring the gifts to local post offices, and the postal workers, in order to make sure the gifts reach the families at their new addresses.
Connolly said this serves “as an example of the team effort which knows no obstacle to ensure delivery.”
Connolly also said in his report that this was Globe Santa’s sixth best year of fund-raising since the program began in 1956.
A total of $1,329,086.05 was contributed this year by thousands of people whose donations have been acknowledged both in the Globe and its online site.
The vital and growing role of the Internet in Globe Santa’s success was evident in the fact that $433,102.23 was contributed online.
Connolly went on to say that the fund was greatly helped by a summer car auction that raised $64,000 and by a Golf Day in October, which raised more than $18,000.
Among the many groups, some of which are annual participants, that produced significant contributions were: the Spirited Bostonians, which raised $18,000, and the folks at the Improv Asylum, who raised some $35,500 during their eighth year of helping Globe Santa. The 18th annual Salem Snowball Gala raised $9,250.
In his report, Connolly cited this letter sent to Globe Santa that he said “epitomizes the Globe Santa community”:
“Dear Globe Santa
“I would like to help the kids in poverty have a Christmas they will never forget. So please let me send a donation to give them a little more for a Christmas this year they will never forget.
“I am doing this because I have a very good life here in Arlington, MA. I have a house, a bed, food. I go to school and I have a better life than the kids you are donating to. Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!
“Love. Evan Tremblay.”