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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 youth in the Inland Empire by empowering families through year round and seasonal programs.

Results: Over 1,000,000 children's lives have been significantly touched since Santa Claus, Inc. was founded in 1952. Now in its 65th 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: 100,708 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 8 school districts, 40+ 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

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sandra83

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the co-chairman of the Clothing Department I can assure you things are in full swing trying to get ready for our annual Christmas Distribution to needy children in the Inland Empire. We are packaging clothing like crazy in order to have enough items ready for the parents to select on their "shopping trip" through our workshoppe. The toy and book departments are doing the same thing. We work every Wednesday from 9 to 12 so if you want to help just show up and we will find a place for your. Our Open House is being held on December 4th - check our website for more info -- and that is the day the workshoppe looks its very best and everyone is welcome to drop by for a snack and something to drink. If you haven't had a tour we will be happy to take you on one. Also, if you have time from December 5th to December 12th that you would like to serve as an "escort" to our recipients to take them on their shopping trip, please let us know what days and hours you can help. Hope to see you there soon.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Santa Claus does an amazing job of providing special gifts to the needy children of the Inland Empire. It has established wonderful partnerships with a large variety of nonprofits that also serve children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Inc. consistently provides assistance to families in San Bernardino. I am a service provider in homes that are impacted by low socio-eco levels. The gifts given by Santa Claus are a boon at birthday and Christmas time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member of Santa Clause Inc. (SCI) and a former resident of San Bernardino, I am thankful for everything Santa Clause Inc. does for our families in our communities. Growing up in San Bernardino was not easy for my family and I. like many of our families, we struggle to have food at the table, clothes in our backs or a toy to play with. I am humble to say that I was one of those children that benefited from getting something from SCI.

I didn't know that one day i would be part of such an amazing organization with amazing people volunteering and working for SCI. Our Y.E.S. program has expanded the services to provide much needed assistance. They truly care and I am thankful and honor to be part of SCI and give back to our families in need.

Juan M. Lopez

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Veronica’s Home Of Mercy a woman and children’s Transitional Living Home in San Bernardino is very thankful for the clothing, shoes, toys, hygiene products, and many other emergencies needed items. These items help the woman and children prepare for school, work, appointments, ect.. We are so grateful for the caring attitude and graciousness of each volunteer that works at Santa Claus Inc . Thank you for the hard work you all do for the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sandy has been extremely helpful in assisting our Early Start Start families. The families enjoy their birthday bags and all of the wonderful goodies included! Our families in need truly appreciate all of your hard work in organizing materials and always thinking about our baby's and family's needs. You're the best!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sandy, and the entire staff and Santa Clause Inc. are wonderful! Our district has been blessed to be able to benefit from such a wonderful organization. Santa Claus Inc. has donated so many different items to our families in need, such as bedding, socks, school supplies, and shoes. Our district and families are so appreciative of what Santa Claus Inc. has done for us and our youth. Thank you!
Foster Youth/Homeless Liaison

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that helps thousands of children each year. I was a volunteer for their YES program. There is nothing like it anywhere! Helping children with school supplies, warm jackets, books - you name they do it.

Robert159

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a year round volunteer for Santa Claus Inc 8 years. It has been a blessing for my life to see so many families help by this organization. The hundreds or volunteers make this organization shine in our community. I can't wait each week for Wednesday to come so that I can see families and other organization helped at the Santa Claus Workshop. Since I have been volunteer my Christmas's have never been the same. God Bless Santa Claus Inc and the new YES Program.
Robert Hagen, Retired Teacher

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sandra83

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for your help with our very sick child. You cared enough to also care for the other children in our family .No one has ever cared for our family like Santa Claus

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Angels' Closet Charities is so grateful for all Sandy and this wonderful organization does to make a difference in the lives of Children. Your love and kindness in helping us provide clothing to at risk, in need middle school and high school students is greatly appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing charity! So happy to be a part of this charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for this organization is an amazing experience. The support from and for law enforcement is incredible when it comes to helping children in need. So many selfless volunteers. I am honored to support them when I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Santa Claus Inc. to volunteer in 2008 and now I come every Wednesday from 8am till noon at our San Bernardino warehouse. We are like a family all working towards one goal of helping children and their families with much needed items. Santa Claus Inc. is 65 years young and not ready to retire yet LOL. We are working hard helping children and their parents at Christmas and all year long.

1 7missy7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank goodness that there is a group like this who is dedicated to serving the young ones in our community. There is no greater joy than to see a smile be placed on the face of a child. The youth are our tomorrow and if we enrich our youth, we will all be promised a brighter tomorrow. Thank you Santa Claus Inc. for your commitment to the community, your kind hearts will always be remembered.

1 Nicole164

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly blessed beyond words to know all the amazing hearts at Santa clause inc. There is no better non profit around. These folks are so dedicated to helping those in need. Thank you, Santa Clause Inc!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've heard wonderful things about Santa Clause, inc. such a wonderful charity helping those in need of some happiness. Kudos to those involved so whole heartedly to make it happen!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known this org for over 20 years. Their services and passion in delivering their mission inspired me. I love the great teams that volunteer their time to help Santa Claus Inc. 65 years of helping kids using best practice and hiant hearts. I am so proud to have Santa Claus Inc. In our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Santa Claus Inc. Is an amazing nonprofit that helps children in poverty with needed items during critical times. My kids were helped in 1995, and they are still working hard to help more kids every day. Thank you Santa Claus Inc. for all you do in our impiverished community and for the families that have dire need for support.

sciexecutive1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Happy 65th anniversary, Santa Claus, Inc.!!!!! I started volunteering for Santa Claus, Inc. with my daughters through National Charity League in 1986. I went up through the ranks, chairing Christmas Tree Lane, serving on the board as President for 9 years, and becoming the first paid employee (Executive Director) of the organization in 2012. I couldn't be prouder of our great organization! We have grown 500% over the past four years, serving over 100,000 children each year through our signature Christmas Distribution and our year round Youth Enrichment Services (YES!) programs. YES! works with 8 school districts, county services, a long list of other nonprofits, law enforcement, and others to make sure that the essential and emergency needs of children throughout the Inland Empire are met. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers. You are the heart of our grand old organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Santa Claus Inc for over 15 years and continue to love it. Our volunteers put in lots and lots of hours putting together the clothes, toys and books for our Christmas Distribution. Other volunteers work just as hard with the year round program (Y.E.S. Youth Enhancement Services). Over the years many of our long time volunteers have passed away or are no longer able to come to the workshoppe on a weekly basis. We have plenty of need for additional volunteers to help with packaging particularly clothes and toys for our Christmas Distribution. We are open every Wednesday from 9 to 12 so if you have some free time on a Wednesday morning please come by and we will give you a tour and find a project for you!! You will get a good feeling when you help the needy children of the Inland Empire.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the people in this organization has been terrific. They are all so dedicated. We are expanding the program so that we can make additional distributions of clothing, toys and books at other times during the year -- not just before Christmas. We are reviewing our process so that we get to the people that need help the most and are trying to help themselves. The recipients are always treated with dignity and respect -- we don't want them to feel then are not worthy just because they have found themselves in unfortunate sets of circumstances. They always express their gratitude for the gifts and the way they were treated. One great organization!!!