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Food and toys at Christmas time for Chicago's neediest families

Santa for the Very Poor is a grassroots, non-profit organization that purchases and delivers food, warm clothes, blankets, and toys to thousands of our poor neighbors in the Chicago area at Christmas. We are unique in that every penny donated goes straight to the purchasing of the toys, knit goods, and food—nothing goes to administrative expenses, which are all personally paid by our directors. We work with social service agencies and religious organizations to find the families that are most in need.

Each family gets two big bags of groceries—a 15-lb. turkey or two canned hams, cranberry sauce, peaches, vegetables, cookies, muffins, mints, and more—plus a gift certificate for even more groceries. They get another bag full of new, warm things to wear or blankets, and if they have children, there will be toys, games, and stuffed animals to hand out.

Look at how much your donation buys!

See what a difference Santa for the Very Poor makes for hundreds of needy Chicago families who might have had nothing to celebrate with.

Packing gift bags. The gifts in each family's bag are specifically selected for the ages and genders of the people in that family. Families with children get toys, balls, board games and stuffed animals as well as clothing. Solitary seniors get extra warm things to wear or blankets.

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Thousands of good holiday meals. Every family gets two big bags full of good food, enough for a big Christmas celebration and several more meals, plus a gift certificate for more groceries. It can turn what would have been a gloomy Christmas into a cheerful and memorable one.

Alfred Fellinger Memorial