2019 UPDATE from founder Gloria Graves-Fichter
It is bittersweet that I write this post. Words can’t express the emotions I feel this morning. Yesterday was our last and probably the most amazing Seacoast Santa “Magic of Christmas Day” in our ten years. Our donations were low. Fewer companies did toy drives for us this year, so we accepted fewer families and it rocked! Once the last family left with their Santa goodies, we were actually able to sit and enjoy our Moe’s together as a group and reminisce over the years doing what we do. We laughed, we cried (PennySue Orr) and felt blessed for all we’ve done. Big Santa shout~out this year to First United Methodist Church – Portsmouth for hosting us the past 6 years, Sig Sauer, Sprague Energy, Re-Store in Newington, Robert Half (Account Temps), and Greenland Central School. I couldn’t have pulled this off as long as we did, without the support from all the volunteers, and my groupies (lol) that showed up to EVERY fundraiser we held. Big thank you to the bands that donated their time thru the years. Saxx Roxx, Tuesday at Gregs, Relish, John Irish and his group. Big Thanks to Steven DeLong helping us get the Christmas CD recorded and out there. Ray Jellison for transportation help. Jeanne’ McCartin for getting the word out there about us and our events in the papers. John Fichter for organizing, packing, loading, unloading, reloading the trucks in freezing temperatures.Jamie Gean Spaulding for rounding up raffle items. Richard Fichter Sr. for sponsoring our events at the Elks. The list goes on and on. There are more and more of Christmas help popping up like ours for struggling seacoast families. We know the families we’ve helped will find support locally.
Santa forgets no child. We believe, do you?
Our Mission is to keep the “MAGIC” of Christmas alive for struggling families with little Santa believers all over the seacoast.
There are many struggling NH families that have it especially tough in the winter, with the added expenses including heat and Santa’s arrival. It can become overwhelming for parents when their child’s expectations that Santa will leave presents, when parents are dealing with a strapped budget as well. In some cases, children worry that Santa may not come at all. We are here to help parents and children keep the “magic” of Christmas alive.
We give Santa a hand for little believers. Last year, we kept the magic alive for 200 seacoast kids. Families all over the seacoast, including families from local shelters and transitional homes, who came and received new and gently used toys/clothing for their children. We also offered Christmas decorations and wrapping paper.
We thank the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth for the use of Sanborn Hall and to all the individuals and local businesses who donate toys, clothing and funds to help make Christmas brighter for these families. To learn more visit Seacoast Santa NH.