As the national member food drive winds down, it is time to prepare for Operation Santa’s Elves; the last of our national member service campaigns.
In its 7th year, Operation Santa’s Elves is a national campaign promoted by Assured Life Association to help bring the joy of Christmas and Santa Claus to the lives of needy children here in the United States. Through this national service event, we are meeting the need among so many families struggling to provide their children with Christmas gifts.
Since its inception in 2009, Assured Life Association, through its camps and lodges and membership has contributed 779 Christmas gifts valued at over $12,500 to needy children throughout the country. In addition, $8,300 in cash donations and matching gifts to organizations and programs in support of Operation Santa’s Elves have been made. But we can do better. Let’s keep it going and see an increase in participation this year!
It’s easy to participate! Just seek out a local organization or program that assists in providing Christmas gifts to kids that would not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. Whether it is Toys for Tots, Adopt-A-Family programs or the Salvation Army, get involved. Operation Santa’s Elves is not about re-inventing the wheel, but about promoting the worth-while programs already out there that serve the under-served at Christmas time; especially children!
We have many resources available for members wishing to participate in Operation Santa’s Elves. Go to our Society Website and hover your mouse over National Service Campaigns at the top of our home page. Select Operation Santa’s Elves from the drop-down menu. If you decide to donate money to one of these programs, remember to utilize the Growth Ring Matching Gift Program. We will match up to $250 of any benefit member’s donation in a given calendar year.