With Santa Fund, every dollar counts for those in need

MANCHESTER — Sometimes, donations to the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army are generated a dollar at a time.

Students at St. Joseph Regional Junior High School bought raffle tickets in $1 packs to try to win gift baskets assembled by each homeroom and staff. Basket themes included board games, sports equipment and movies.

Last week’s fundraiser raised $276 for the fund to buy gifts for children in need.

“I love the fact that the Santa Fund raises funds for people right here in our community,” said Pauline Martineau, the school’s assistant principal. “That’s the best thing about Santa Fund.”

The Santa Fund has raised more than $173,000 this year.

“We are so fortunate to be a part of a community that always comes together to help those in need,” said Shannon Sullivan, community relations manager at the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“The Santa Fund is an important community tradition that allows children and families to experience the joy of the season while also providing for additional programs that are critical throughout the year,” she said.

Parents shopping at the fund’s toy shop on Dec. 18 chose a collective 9,516 toys (not including stuffed animals and stocking stuffers) that will make 2,380 children happy for Christmas.

Market Basket gift cards also were provided to 1,077 families, helping 4,515 individuals.

The fund separately provided warm clothing to 300 children, who shopped with volunteers at J.C. Penney on Nov. 5.

Santa Fund donations may be made by sending a check to the Union Leader Santa Fund, in care of the New Hampshire Union Leader, P.O. Box 9555, Manchester, NH 03108, or by placing a donation in the Santa Fund box in the lobby of the newspaper, at 100 William Loeb Drive, Manchester, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations can also be made online at www.unionleader.com/santafund.

Every effort is made to promptly publish Santa Fund contributions. Call Shannon Sullivan at 206-7833 for more information.