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Globe Santa

As I have in the past, I am supporting and raising money for Globe Santa.  This is one of my favorite charities.  What is Globe Santa?

Since 1956, Globe Santa has been The Boston Globe's annual appeal for needy children in Greater Boston. The Globe Santa Fund collects donations from readers and advertisers to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children. The Globe pays administrative costs and provides space in the newspaper during the holiday season to publish stories about family needs and list the names of people who give. In recent years, Globe Santa has received more than $1 million dollars in contributions annually. The program helps brighten the holiday season for more than 28,000 families and 55,000 children in 167 communities every year.

*Families request toys by writing to Globe Santa, stating their family size and need. This need must be verified and countersigned by a social service or religious agency that has previously registered with Globe Santa Fund. The agency must have documented records of the particular family's situation. The deadline for family letters this year is December 7, 2007.
*Agencies that can verify requests include welfare offices, hospitals, churches and clergy, halfway houses, AFDC office and similar social service organizations.
*Agencies must register with Globe Santa each year. The registration procedure is announced in the Boston Globe and by mail to agencies that registered in the previous year. The deadline for agency registration this year is October 31.
*Families apply for assistance during October and November. The application procedure is published in detail in ads in the Globe that run from October 1 through December 7, 2007.
*Toys are delivered to family households beginning the first week in December right up to two days before Christmas.

I like Globe Santa because it is a simple concept, the Globe picks up all the administrative costs, and there is something special about giving a kid a happy holiday season when they otherwise would get nothing.  We all have so much (relatively), and even small donations add up.  If you read the Globe when they start publishing their donations, you'll see that they take all donations, large and small. 

I set up a Cause in Facebook to capture donations.  You can also donate directly at the Globe Santa web site.  I plan to match all the donations from my audience, up to a maximum of $5000.  If you go through Facebook, I can track this directly.  If you give directly on the Globe Santa site, forward me your email receipt so I can keep track.  I'll post periodic updates on my progress.

Some people enjoy having me write a big check when I match this.  So, please, Make Mike Pay!

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