12 / 01 / 2015
  - 04:35:39 PM
Hometown Hope Initiative December Recipient - The Santa Foundation

The Santa Foundation, based out of Franklin, was established 28 years ago to fulfill one goal. That goal was to provide gifts for families in need at Christmas time. They deliver the gifts to the recipients so that they can maintain their dignity and anonymity. The Santa Foundation has always felt that at least on Christmas Day these families should be like every other family. They will receive presents (from the Santa Foundation) and food (provided by the Food Pantry) and maybe a little hope that things will be better in the upcoming year.

As a direct result of the increased need the Santa Foundation has been operating on a year round basis since 2004. The Santa Foundation has a reputation of never turning away a legitimate request for help. In the past they have paid for rent or mortgages to help families get through a difficult period. Requests for oil deliveries or packed school backpacks have been fulfilled for needy families as the situations arise. In 2006 the need for these services increased so much that they decided that they must begin to do fundraising year round. To accomplish this goal the Santa Foundation needed to be a recognized federal charity (501c-3). The law firm of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon P.C. were kind enough to donate their services and The Santa Foundation Inc. is now a federally approved charitable corporation.

The Santa Foundation relies on the generosity of their excellent sponsors and volunteers. They make it possible for the Santa Foundation to help so many people. Sullivan Associates Inc. has been and will continue to be the main supporter of the Santa Foundation. All expenses from housing the Santa Foundation, arranging delivery vehicles, gas and gift-wrapping is paid by Sullivan Associates Inc. This allows one hundred percent of all contributions collected to be used to help needy recipients.

For more visit www.thesantafoundationinc.org

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Ray Auger talked with Dick Timmons about the organization.

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