One of our favorite parts of Christmas is the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army. And one of our favorite parts of the Santa Fund is reading the daily lists of donations that we run in the paper.
In many ways, the lists are like reading Christmas cards from longtime friends. Although we don’t actually know many of the individuals or groups behind the names, we feel they are old friends.
Often their names ring a bell. Sometimes it’s in the nature of the remembrance they want associated with their gift. Some give in memory of a loved one. For others, it’s in lieu of Christmas cards.
One name that pops up repeatedly in these lists, and this may be our favorite of all, is “Anonymous.”
“Anonymous” gives often, and in amounts small and large. Sometimes it is for friends and family. Sometimes, no reason is given. It is enough that “anonymous” knows.
This year, due to fewer days between the traditional Thanksgiving kickoff and Christmas, the Santa Fund has to make up for lost time. The need for warmth, however, be it in help with the heating bill, clothes and toys for kids, or food at the Kids Cafe, hasn’t been curtailed.
There is still time, of course. We will be running those daily lists and you are welcome to send a contribution dedicated as you like. Donations are accepted online at www.UnionLeader.com/santafund, by mail sent to The Santa Fund c/o New Hampshire Union Leader, P.O. Box 9555, Manchester, NH 03108, or in person at our offices Monday through Friday. And thanks to you, Anonymous. You know who you are.