Making the holidays brighter one child at a time
How would you, your department, club, team, class, group of friends, or family like to brighten the life of a child this holiday season? You can make this holiday extra-special for an under-privileged child in our community by agreeing to be a Secret Santa. Sponsoring a child in the Secret Santa program costs approximately $125 per child. This money can come from you or from a group of individuals. Becoming a Secret Santa is simple:
- Fill out the survey by Friday, November 16 (earlier if possible). Once you submit your form, you or your group have committed to sponsoring a child (or children!)
- Shortly after returning this form, Student Council will send you a packet with the name and age of the child you will sponsor and a wish list of items to purchase for that child. You will also receive a large brown lawn bag that you will be asked to put your gifts in. (Please indicate in the survey to which campus you would like your packet delivered.) Parents/off-campus groups will pick up their packets from the South Campus Main Office during school hours.
- Go shopping! Gifts need to be purchased and dropped off (in the provided lawn bag) at the Student Activities Office (South Campus Room C123, North Campus Room 4) or at the North Campus Main Office by Monday, November 26. Outside (non-LT) groups should drop off their bags at South Campus.
Student Council members will then deliver the packages to the Park District of LaGrange, where members of the Rotary Club of LaGrange will wrap gifts and deliver them to children’s homes for the holidays.
Student Council’s goal this year is to sponsor 145 children, so please consider becoming a Secret Santa, and/or talking with your students, team, club, or other group about sponsoring a child.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this worthwhile initiative.
The LTHS Student Council
What is Secret Santa?
The Community Nurse Secret Santa Program has provided holiday gifts and year-round supplies for their low-income pediatric patients through different periods in the life of the community. From the 1920s until World War II, the program included Thanksgiving turkeys for families and a community holiday party with gifts for children. It was “retired” until the 1980s when the Kalber Family resurrected the program to ensure that patients not only received gifts at the holidays but were accessing available health care services and had been seen in the CNHC medical and dental centers for their preventive care during the year. Last year, the program provided gifts for over 900 area children in need. In August, Community Nurse transferred ownership of the program and its related assets and inventory to Rotary Club of La Grange Foundation.
To provide basic functional necessities for children whose parents have limited funds. In many cases, new clothing, books, school supplies and toys are unheard of luxuries for these families.
To provide each child with items to sustain them through the winter season and the remaining school year. Our program also supports the needs of these children year-round, should their families find themselves in crisis. We also focus on the special needs of children who are physically or mentally challenged.
The Secret Santa Program benefits approximately 1,000 children every year:
- Ages 0 - 3: 220
- Ages 4 - 8: 280
- Ages 9 - 12: 220
- Ages 13 - 16: 170
- Ages 17 - 18: 110
Typical Items Distributed (may vary slightly by age group)
- 1 outfit (sweater, shirt, and pants)
- 1 set of pajamas
- 1 set of hat and mittens
- 1 - 2 books
- School supplies
- 3 or more age-appropriate toys and games
- 1 stuffed animal
- Families must be served by the Community Nurse Health Association clinics in La Grange, Illinois.
- Families must provide documentation of meeting low-income eligibility requirements.
Areas and Communities Served
The Secret Santa Program covers a 15-community area in the Chicago western suburbs, including Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Lyons, Oak Brook, Pleasantdale, and Western Springs.