Santa Program

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Santa Program

Santa Program

Santa Program

Santa Program

Santa Program








About our Santa Program

We sponsor children that are being served through the Cornerstone Community Outreach Program homeless shelter and low-income family programs in the neighborhood. So children from newborn up to age 17 might be on our list of children looking for sponsors. Please feel free to talk to your co-workers, friends and family to see if they'd like to participate this holiday season. Our program has grown year-to-year because people like yourself were willing to spread the word and get involved.

Please note that the gifts will go to their home or shelter so when they wake up Christmas morning there is a gift from Santa. So please remember if you put a note in your gift, it should only be from Santa.

An overview of the Santa Program:


We're encouraging people to make a donation to support one child or more. Average donations are $25+ per child, but please feel free to give what you can.

This allows our santa helpers to do specific shopping for the children and make use of local merchants who are offering special discounts to our program.

Ways to donate:

  • Facebook: Make a donation to the Santa Program through our Facebook Fundraising page -- Facebook doesn't take a processing fee and all funds go directly to CCO. We'll do the shopping and wrapping for a child or children on your behalf.

  • PayPal: Make a donation to the Santa Program through PayPal. We'll do the shopping and wrapping for a child or children on your behalf.
  • Send us a gift card and our Santa helpers will shop for you.

  • Send a check made payable to: Cornerstone Community Outreach (reference: CCO Santa Program on check)
    Mail to: CCO Santa Program
    6688 Joliet Rd #292
    Indian Head Park, IL 60525

If you prefer to shop, you can sign up below to sponsor a child. Here are the details:

• Send only new gifts in a holiday bag with a handle.

• There is a $25 limit on each childs gift (based on their age).

• No bikes or excessively large gifts, please. Remember the majority of the children are living in a homeless shelter.

• Where possible we will try to make sure your assignment specifies ethnicity and please keep all gifts appropriate for the age of your child. Most of the children have given us a Wish List of 1-2 items which will be with your assignment info.

• In addition to the gift, if financially possible would you please add $5 worth of art or school supplies (in a separate bag or box).

• If you'd like to do more — we're always accepting stocking stuffers — in a baggie you can include warm gloves, hat or socks (please include a note on the outside if it's a girl / boy and size). One full set per baggie, you're welcome to donate as many as you'd like.

Please no food or candy with your gift. You're welcome to make separate donatations for items like this for the volunteers at the center (which include many high school children that live in the center).

Please fill out the form below to request a child and we'll email you their information and wish list.

Yes, please sign me up to sponsor a child or children and buy the gifts.

Your Name *
Your Email Address *
How many students? *


When you're ready to drop off your gift(s).
• Select one of our convenient drop locations and notify the person that you'll be dropping a gift off. Please send us an email as well when you drop it off letting us know where your gift is.

• Please put the gift inside a gift bag with handles so the child has something to carry the gift in after they open it. Medium or large bags only (no tiny or super oversize bags). Do not wrap the gift, the parents will wrap the gifts for their children. You can however include tissue or wrapping paper along with your gift.

• On the outside of the bag please affix a tag which clearly has the childs name, program code, gender, age and contents of the package. (This is so we can share with the social workers that distribute the gifts to the families)

• If you would like a donation receipt, please download our CCO donation form and email to us or include with your gift. CCO will sign and send to you in January.

Deadlines for this years Santa Gifts:
Please deliver your gifts to one of our drop locations on or before December 12th.
Sooner is always better.

Can't afford the expense of sponsoring a child?
Consider making a smaller monetary donation. Or we're always collecting school and art supplies, books, and games.

Here are a few other suggestions:

Send a donation of warmth.
We are accepting gently used or new items like:
mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, coats, sweaters and sweatshirts, as well as blankets and comforters.

Please wash any donations before dropping them off if they're used, remember these are people that don't have easy access to washers/dryers.

Donate bath sets and toiletry items
We're always in need of toiletries, either new products or gather up all those little bottles and kits you've been collecting from hotels and put them in baggies and make toiletry sets for children or adults.

Donate holiday bags, wrapping supplies, grocery bags with handles, items we can use for gift wrapping.

School or group projects
If you'd like to get your children involved in helping other children, talk to them about their classroom or organization getting involved. Ideas to help get you started. Collect:

• new mittens, gloves, hats or socks
• new or used books, school or art supplies
• new or used games or puzzles

Please only donate clothing items that have been cleaned and are usable.

Sizes and ages of children
CCO serves children Infant through High School (up to 18 years old).

Thanks to all the wonderful people that are helping our Santa program!

Please feel free to contact us
with any suggestions or questions.

Heather Wier Vaught or Phyllis Wier

We hope we can count on your support to help spread the word so we can help as many children as possible to have another very merry holiday.

Whether it's your first year getting involved, or you're part of our growing family of supporters. Every supporter of our program helps make one more child or family happy over the holidays. You can support us with a monetary donation, shop for a child or children and sharing our project helps us grow and serve more children.