SANTA CLAUS INCORPORATED OF GREATER SAN BERNARDINO

Rating: 5 stars   21 reviews 556

Issues: Human Services

Location: 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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5 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 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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I have been a volunteer for this fantastic organization for several years, most notably as the organizer for the annual fund raising golf tournament in San Bernardino. After the last 3 years that I served in this capacity in which we were able to raise significant funds to help the children and their parents for the annual Christmas distribution, I had to resign because of ill health. But I continue to donate clothes, shoes, books, etc. and also take part in the annual Christmas Tree event which is one of their major fund-raising events. Organizing and running a golf event takes a lot of time and work, but I was always provided with support from the staff and other volunteers. And because the organization is so well known in the region, local businesses were always willing to sign up teams of golfers, purchase tee signs, plus provide many raffle prizes of significant value. This non-profit is truly one of the best. Do not hesitate to call me at 909-790-9222 if any questions.

Lydia Orrantia

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Santa Claus Inc. is our family's favorite local children's charity. I have been involved with Santa Claus for a very long time as attending the charity's beautiful Christmas Tree Lane event every year is a 30 year tradition in our family. The amazing work that is done by Santa Claus in our community is so vital for those who are less fortunate. My family has moved away from San Bernardino but my husband and I still go back to volunteer for our favorite charity. We are especially excited about Santa Claus, Inc.'s year round program. It is the perfect way for Santa Claus to continue expanding its wonderful work.

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We have taught our children and other family members about the joy of volunteering by involving them at Santa Claus Incorporated. Four generations of family members have volunteered there because the experience of helping others in our own community is so real at Santa Claus Inc. Many helpers at this fine old non-profit were helped by the organization when they were young. Many of these people are very successful members of society today and give a great deal of credit for their joy at the holidays to Santa Claus Incorporated. They want to give back to the organization that helped them when they were young, and so many continue to do so. Some who I am friends with are today doctors, businessmen and women, political leaders and teachers. They all give credit for their success attitude to the dignity of being helped by caring volunteers Santa Claus Incorporated. You should come to our workshoppe and see how to become involved with the Inland Empire's largest children's charity today. Call us at 909-885-0090

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There aren't enough words to say how much I enjoy working at Santa Claus, Inc. as a volunteer. After many years of service I still feel that way after almost 40 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

How can you improve on a non-profit organization that is 99% volunteer

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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