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Santa Claus Incorporated Of Greater San Bernardino

Rating: 5 stars   25 reviews 943

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

PO Box 2642 San Bernadino CA 92406 USA

Mission:

We believe that unexpected joy on Christmas morning often carries a heart through childhood into worthy adulthood. The Second week in December, parents of children in poverty are invited to our facility to choose new toys, clothign and books for each of their children and use as their family holiday tradition dictates. Family dignity is preserved because the children only know "Santa brought the gifts". Family violence intervention is an added benefit of early distribution of the gifts. During the year the warehouse serves as a Senior Center as the volunteers, mostly senior citizens, gather weekly to package toys and clothing while supporting each other emotionally.

Target demographics:

Children aged 0 - 12 through our Christmas Distribution program and children of all ages through our year round program, A Community Cares

Direct beneficiaries per year:

55,500 children and 35 other agencies

Geographic areas served:

The mission of Santa Claus, Inc. is to provide critical assistance to children in the Inland Empire by supporting and strengthening the family unit through our community based programs.

Programs:

Christmas Distribution, Year round "A Community Cares Program (backpack program, Adopt a School Program, Birthday bag program, Shoe giveaway program, Easter basket program, Adult clothing distribution, Homeless program in partnership with HOPE.

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Reviews for Santa Claus Incorporated Of Greater San Bernardino

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6 people found this review helpful

Santa Claus Inc is the sleeping giant of successful non-profits serving families and children in the greater San Bernardino area for MANY years. Track record speaks for itself. This organization is 99 percent volunteer run and impacts well over 25,000 kids every year. They are well organized, have a professional governing board, and have an exceptional executive director that knows the market like no other. There are few organizations were a donor can get greater bang for the buck invested. You need to see first hand to believe.

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I was blessed with the opportunity to work at Santa Claus, Inc. as a volunteer from the mid 1980's to 2012, during which time I spent 9 years as the organization's President. Volunteering for such a great organization was a wonderful and rewarding experience throughout much of my life - one that I most definitely will return to one day. I was hired as the organization's first employee (and first Executive Director) just before its 60 Year Diamond Jubilee celebration in December 2012. Because of the tremendous accomplishments of SCI and its strong history of commitment to local communities It had become obvious that it was absolutely one of the most vital resources for low income families throughout Inland Empire cities. It had also become obvious that it was growing, not by choice, but because the need for services in local areas was steadily increasing. The decision was made that in order for the organization to grow and flourish it needed someone at the helm - a person who would be accountable for setting and reaching strong goals for the organization, who would develop and maintain a major donor base and oversee grant development and the financial health of the organization, who would develop and implement strong programs, and, last but not least, who would manage a very committed group of volunteers. Since 2012 SCI has nearly tripled its giving from 18,000 to over 55,500 in 2014. The SCI Year Round programs are flourishing, having touched the lives of over 42,000 children in 2014. I am so very proud of all of the wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly with such tremendous commitment to make Santa Claus, Inc. one of the most forward thinking and most effective organizations in our state.

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I have worked at Santa Claus for 5 years and am proud to be a current member of the Board. Santa Claus has grown tremendously during this time in serving children and families. It's year round program provides help beyond the holiday season. Most of the work is done by volunteers. What sets Santa Claus apart from other charities is the spirit and ingenuity of the volunteers.

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Over the years, Santa Claus Inc has adopted the Colton Joint Unified School District. They have been a blessing to numerous families in our district. It is because of their generosity, we have been able to provide the less fortunate in our district, with Christmas gifts and other essential items that they would not receive otherwise. Their generosity does not stop at Christmas. Their generosity extends throughout the year and continues to meet the needs of our families!

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I am a volunteer with Santa Claus, Inc. It is a great and well run organization. Many, many hard-working volunteers. Not only do they serve underprivileged children at Christmastime but they also have a yearly outreach program, which I am a part of, that serves children and organizations throughout the entire year.

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I work weekly with my students from Valley College. Santa Warehouse provides a wonderful location for work training. Santa Claus Inc has helped support the citizens of the IE for over 63 years. We are proud to be part of the volunteers that make this miracle happen. Santa Claus Inc makes hope happen.

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Santa Claus, Inc. has been fabulous for our students and families at Emmerton Elementary. They have supplied us with shoes for our students. They even sent a member from Santa Claus, Inc. to our school wide orientation, which was the day before school started to make sure our students had opportunities for new shoes.

In addition to helping our families at Christmas time. Santa Claus Inc. has provided our "Superhero Readers" with new books for awards. This helps our students to take books home to their families and to promote literacy. Many times, they do not have enough books in their home for their children to read.

Another fantastic part of Santa Claus, Inc. this year has been the donations for our annual "Reindeer Lane" gift shop for the kids. We appreciated all their help and donations to help make a successful gift shop for our kids.

Our PTO and volunteers love to go to Santa Claus Inc. during distribution time. We love to help and it makes all of us feel so good to help others. They do a fantastic service to the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Holidays 1979, our family is enduring chronic unemployment, a few medical set backs and other financial issues that led us to seek out public assistance and completely forget about Xmas and what it meant. Until one day I saw my Aunt and others - arrive at home with "secret packages". Those same packages including a Barbie doll wearing white little heels and a pink bathing suit destined for me, helped me understand that there were people who cared about a young Hispanic child, and what she felt on such an important Holiday. The memory has never left me. It has been present through my college career at UCLA and subsequently Harvard, and in my professional decision to work in the not-for-profit realm! In 2012 I met Karen DiCarlo- SCI's Executive Director and within a second I knew this was the same place that helped us, and over half a million children, so many years ago and every year since 1952. SCI is the true definition of charitable giving, nonprofit focus and genuine community dedication. I am PROUD to be affiliated with such an incredible charity, great leadership and above all true commitment to help the needy in our Inland Empire community. SCI belongs with the best, United Way, Red Cross and others that have survived half a century of helping others!

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I've organized an annual Make a Difference Day event at Santa Claus, Inc. on behalf of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity for more than 10 years. Our 200+ members cherish their contribution to this worthy charity. When I return to assist with distribution after our event each year, I am gratified to see first-hand how our efforts and donations impact SCI's clients. This organization is a shining example of what can be accomplished when a dedicated and caring group of individuals come together in selfless contribution to their community.

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My name is Harriet and I have been serving as a Santa Claus Incorporated volunteer for almost 50 years. Even though I am almost ninety years old, I still knit sweaters and blankets for the children. I have served many roles with the organization and have invited many to serve with me. There has never been a more worthwhile endeavor with which to spend my time, and the countless others who have volunteered with me all feel the same. Won't you contact Santa Claus Incorporated today and share your skills, time and money to help the children that are so needy in our community. I look forward to meeting you at the Santa Claus workshoppe soon. God bless

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