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Santa Claus Incorporated of Greater San Bernardino

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Our mission is to provide critical support to impoverished youth in the Inland Empire by empowering families through year round and seasonal programs.

Results: Over 1,500,000 children's lives have been significantly touched since Santa Claus, Inc. was founded in 1952. Now in its 67th year, Santa Claus, Inc./Youth Enrichment Services (YES!) provides basic and essential needs for over 100,000 children annually.

Target demographics: over 100,000 underprivileged children each year

Direct beneficiaries per year: 125,000 children through strong collaborations with 8 Inland Empire School Districts, 40+ other nonprofit agencies, county agencies, and law enforcement partnerships.

Geographic areas served: cities throughout the Inland Empire including 12 school districts, 60+ nonprofits, county agencies, and law enforcement.

Programs: Operating under the umbrella of Santa Claus, Inc. Youth Enrichment Services - YES! programs provide basic and essential services to over 100,000 children year round. "Adopt a School" - partnering with the most impoverished schools to provide basic essential needs all year long, "Birthdays in a Bag" - ensuring that children in poverty have very special birthday celebrations, Accessible Services in Action Policing (ASAP) - in partnership with local law enforcement officers, providing 24/7 access to critical need items and temporary hotel stays for families suffering in homelessnes and/or abuse, and "Belongings" - providing beautiful 24 in. x 24 in. hand sewn duffel bags for new, incoming foster kids in critical need of clothing, shoes, toys, comfort, and love. Santa Claus, Inc.'s signature "Christmas Distribution" program provides a Merry Christmas for up to 20,000 underprivileged kids at Chrismastime.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Santa Claus, Inc., is a key organization in our community that supports our students who truly need it most. Through their incredible donations throughout the year, we are able to provide our most needy students with clothing and school supplies - basic items with which they may otherwise have to go without.Because of Santa Claus, Inc., we have seen an increase in our students' attendance, which has lead to improved confidence and grades. Thank you, Santa Claus, Inc!!! You are changing lives!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization , the fact that they provide a store for parents to "purchase" gifts foe their children is really creative and gives the caregivers the dignity of being able to "shop" for their children , they serve one of the biggest counties in america! with so many underserved children they give the community hope

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired as an educator, I was looking for a place to volunteer where families were the focus. A friend took me to Santa Claus, Inc. because she felt it would be a perfect match for me. How RIGHT she was! I found volunteers to be friendly, dedicated, hard working and continually looking for ways to provide more services to families and children in need. Since beginning as a volunteer there in 2007, I have had the privilege to work in various positions. These opportunities broadened my understanding of the organization.. We have continued to grow and expand those services. I volunteer with several other groups but Santa Claus, Inc. has earned the "top spot" on my list. Why? This is an organization that goes the "extra mile" for those in need while continuing to be upbeat and tireless in their efforts. This is why they truly exemplify the title, "Great Non Profit".

Ashley F.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited this organization on behalf of the company I work for. I am able to donate to Santa Claus Inc quite often. This organization and all people involved are wonderful, very kind, understanding, punctual, and communicative. They have on many occasions brought me to tears with their gratitude, kind words and stories of how the donations were utilized. They are always so thankful and love sharing how the community is benefiting from our partnership.
I love this organization!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Santa Claus, Inc. and its YES program are stellar programs. Santa Claus provides year-round assistance to children in need in one of the poorer areas of California. It is a stable, active non-profit with an incredible Executive Director and a large group of hard-working and committed volunteers. It is an honor to serve on the Board of such a great organization!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Santa Claus, Inc. does an amazing job of meeting the needs of under-privileged children in the greater San Bernardino area. It has recently begun a year-round program of distributing clothing, hygiene kits, and sometimes toys to children in needs. It is the primo organization for assisting needy children!! It has an amazing group of volunteers who commit countless hours each week to meeting the needs of children. The executive director is outstanding and has received many awards and honors for her hard work and the success of Santa Claus, Inc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Santa Claus Inc. organization is a collaborative partner with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Black Infant Health Program. This organization has provided many beneficial resources to the participants of the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a public elementary teacher for nearly 40 years, I have had the opportunity to observe children daily. Frequently, when a child was given a small prize, treat or gift I watched him/her choose one for a younger sibling. What I love about Santa Claus Inc. is that a child does not have to choose, every child in the family gets a toy, book and an item of clothing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A few days before Christmas 2018, a neighbor came to me and told me about another neighbor with five children (ages 9 to 9 mos.) who was not going to be able to give her kids any Christmas gifts. She asked if I could call Santa Claus Inc. I called the warehouse and explained the situation to volunteers there. Clothing was the most critical need for those children as cold mountain weather was already setting in..

I was able to get the children's sizes and by the next day, two hefty bags of beautiful, warm, age-appropriate clothes, shoes and boots filled the bags. I was emotional over this generosity and the children squealed and cried at delivery time.

It was a really good day in this mountain neighborhood thanks to Santa Claus . I will never stop believing in Santa's beautiful spirit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi local pastor in the community who helps out the community and every time I refer a family or find a family in need Santa Claus Inc and always goes above and beyond in helping us

Larry O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Inc continues to expand its impact in the Inland Empire. . Once viewed as a Christmas initiative helping 15,000 kids a year, it is now a leader in serving children. In 2019 this outreach organization will help over 125,000 needy kids living in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. I am honored to have a little part as s volunteer and a monthly financial partner in this trusted organization. . Santa Claus is the leader of the pack when it comes to helping kids facing crisis needs. Over 50 other agencies rely on Santa Claus, Inc to do thier service work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Inc is without question the best at engaging volunteers to serve the needy of the area. This organization has been around for over 70 years and still looking to expand it's leveraged impact. They are the trusted source when it comes to getting products to the hands of those in need. The very best in many ways!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Inc. are incredible! They helped assist thousands upon thousands of students and families throughout Riverside County receive shoes. We are most grateful for the partnership and opportunity to collaborate to assist students in need with their generous donations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Homeless /Foster Liaison for San Bernardino City Unified School District. I have worked very closely with Santa Claus INC for the last 11 years. They have helped to provide clothing, shoes, back packs, school supplies; and hygiene products on a regular basis. They have been a real blessing to the district and the community in general. They implemented a birthday program where children get a gift and a birthday cake on their birthday. During the holiday time they assist the families by giving gifts and clothing for children. Most importantly, in time of crisis they rise to the occasion by assisting families in their areas of need. During the fire season Santa Claus INC worked closely with community agencies and gave families resources to replace clothing and personal items. I was sharing with Sandy Lourenco that a family had lost a mother in child birth. The father recorded her heartbeat just before her death. He told me when affordable., he was going to build a bear for himself and all 4 children and input his wife's heartbeat. Sandy made it possible for the family to purchase the bears. It brought so much joy to their hearts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Talk about getting a Big Bang for the buck! I am involved because Santa Claus Inc has a vision for the future--helping 250,000 kids by 2022. This year through YES! Santa Claus Inc. helped over 125,000 kids with a team of over 100 volunteers, two full time staff and two part time staff. This organization is highly networked, a resource to over 50 partnering organizations and schools, and broadly serves the needy children of our area. What started as a Christmas distribution strategy is now year round and making a significant difference.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Sandra83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many of the children served are lacking basic needs. Recently 1,000 children received new pillows through their local school districts . Many commented about how much better they slept.
YES assisted schools to set up emergency clothing closets .children have ready access to clothing when they’ve had an accident and can be cleaned up and sent right back to class .

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Donor

Rating: 5

The YES ( youth enrichment services) is always there saying "yes" to special requests. As a donor , I know that the goods and money I donate to Santa Claus are going to a worthy cause. Children were waking with confidence back to school on that first day. They had a new back pack filled with all the necessary supplies. They were "shining from ear to ear" as they'd been given a hygiene kit and had had a shower, washed their hair and brushed their teeth. They had their very own toothbrush and didn't have to share. There was Kleenex to wipe their nose do they didn't have to use a shirt sleeve. Thank you Santa Claus for the YES program, serving kids year round.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to volunteer countless hours with Santa Claus Incorporated helping the under-served children of the Inland Empire. When I began in the 1980s the need wasn't nearly as great, but we helped those we could. Last year this organization served over 90,000 latino children and over 35,000 others right here in our community. Without the year round services of this wonderful non-profit these 125,000 needy children would have gone without shoes, coats, socks, underwear, pants, shirts, school supplies and personal hygiene. Thank the Lord for all who serve, donate and volunteer! God bless you all

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity group that my Glendora Sewing Guild sews for. I have been involved with this group for 5 years now and when I turn in little dresses for the kids I know they will go to kids that really need it. My guild turns in hundreds of items per year. Its extra special that Santa Clause of SB sends us thank you letters confirming what we sent and how happy they were to receive it. Can't speak highly enough about this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization has helped so many families in our area. Every person I have ever interacted with that is associated with Santa Claus, Inc. has a heart of gold.

2 Joan H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Santa Claus, Inc. as a regular volunteer for nearly 6 years, and am continually impressed with the people who invest themselves in this organization. Each week, all year long, dozens of us prepare dolls, toys, clothing, books and magazines for distribution to some 16,000 children at Christmas time. More "elves" help from home, sewing clothes and quilts, or knitting sweaters and caps. Yet another group works tirelessly to provide clothing, hygiene and school supplies, as well as birthday gift bags to meet the needs of nearly 100,000 (and growing) children in local communities, distributed through partner charities and school districts. I am privileged to be one of the volunteers who make Santa Clause, Inc. the happiest charity around!

2 Tracylyn

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Inc. Is an amazing organization that provides basic need items to impoverished kids in San Bernardino and in Riverside Counties. Without their services, I know over 100,000 kids each year would be going without things that make their lives better. Thanks Santa Claus Inc. For serving kids throughout the year. Services are year round. Because needs are not seasonal.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Incorporated is the greatest children's holiday program serving San Bernardino. Children and their families (including mine over 20 year's ago) are helped annually with holiday hope, gifts, and now gave year -round services for children and families in need. Their Executive Director is second to none in providing passion and and compassion wrapped with dignity. Santa Claus Inc. Is by far the best organization in San Bernardino.

Tracylyn Sharrit

2 Richard B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This fine organization is The Premier group in the Inland Empire providing the much needed assistance to the under served community. Through outstanding efforts, the outreach of Santa Claus Inc now reaches beyond the original Christmas time target of toys, clothing and books to children that would otherwise go without. Year round help is now a reality due to the tremendously talented team behind Santa Inc.