Why I Support Santas Anonymous By Jesse Willms

Posted by Jesse Willms on October 25, 2010


Hi. It’s Jesse Willms again. Lately I’ve been having my friend Jack write most of my blog posts, because I’ve been busy preparing for my trip to Honduras to see how my World Vision sponsorship is working out.

But, today I wanted to write an entry myself to talk about a great charity I’ve decided to support. As you know, ever since I decided to take time off from my business to try and find ways to help the community, I’ve focused my efforts on things that can help women and children.

Helping women and children – particularly in single-parent households – is one of the best investments we can make in our future. And, I know I was very fortunate to grow up in a household where I never wanted for anything. That’s why a couple weeks ago I started thinking about Christmas and told my staff to see what kind of Christmas giving initiative we could come up with. One of my staff members, Jennifer, suggested Santas Anonymous. Jack said he’d heard of them as well and that they do good work.

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What Santas Anonymous does is try to make sure that every child in Edmonton has a nice toy to open up on Christmas morning. So, they ask people in the community to donate toys. Then, volunteers wrap them and deliver them on Christmas Eve. Last year they gave out more than 25,000 toys! How cool is that? My first thought was that that shopping for toys sounded like a lot more fun than just writing a check.

Anyway, I’ve almost completely filled our office at this point with toys, and my co-workers have also made a few trips out to the toy stores and brought them in as well. In fact, pretty soon we are going to have so many toys that I’m going to have to rent a truck to bring them to Santas Anonymous in a couple of weeks.

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I’ve been having with this. I’ve stayed away from electronic gadgets and have mostly bought the type of traditional toys that my friends and I played with when we were young. We’ve got a lot of cars and trucks and dolls and toy kitchens and dozens of Mr. Potato Heads.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what we are doing to try to give at risk kids a nice Christmas morning.

Santas Anonymous does a lot of good work and I’m glad to help them out – and I encourage you to think of them as well if you are looking to do something nice for the children this holiday season.