Without a doubt, 2013 was our biggest, most successful year ever — over 4,500 people fed, over 3,800 gifts given to children, more than 8 tons of turkey cooked and 50,000 pounds of food delivered to 1,000 families in the Baltimore Metro Area on Christmas Eve.
SANTA’S HELPERS EXTENDS OUR SINCEREST THANKS TO: The Abell Foundation, Brooks Huff Tires & Auto Centers, the Bunting Family Foundation, the DSS Chambers Foundation, Dominion Physical Therapy, Gramaphone, The Zanvyl & Isabelle Krieger Fund, Legg Mason, Mr. Jeffrey Legum, Mr. Earl Linehan, Dr. Ginny Merryman, The Harvey M. Meyerhoff Fund Inc., Needles and Threads of Ruxton, Patapsco Bank, The Jean & Sidney Silber Foundation, several extremely generous individuals who wish to remain anonymous, and to our more than 1,000 volunteers for their time, physical help and monetary support. An extra special thanks to Board Trustees, George Hess and Tommy Obrecht for their tireless fund raising efforts.
We also thank Wegman’s of Hunt Valley; Atlas Container for help with the food boxes; Cloverland Dairy for 200 gallons of milk; Indusco Enterprises and the Chesapeake Roller Derby Crew; the Gerstell Academy varsity basketball team for their manpower support; Hightopps Backstage Grill, Reter’s Crabhouse, 100.7 The Bay, and Brad Jackson, for spearheading our fundraisers; Cargill Wyaslusing Team for the turkey boxes; Ziger/Snead Architects for help with our printing; Women Executives at Prometric and the Shared Services and Accounting Team of McCormick Co. for their warehouse crews; and Media Star Promotions for ALL of its support.
We could not operate without our “turkey cookers extraordinaire” – Ashland Café, the Bagby Restaurant Group, Blue Hill Tavern, Bluestone Restaurant, The Bowman Restaurant and Pub, Café Hon, Chef’s Expressions Caterers, Cinghale, Delaware North Companies, Fazzini’s Italian Kitchen, Four Seasons Baltimore, Gertrude’s at the BMA, Hayfields Country Club, Helping Up Mission, Hightopps Backstage Grille, Johnny’s Downstairs, The Johns Hopkins Club, M & S Grill, McCormick and Company, McCormick and Schmick Seafood Restaurant, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Grille at Peerces, Riverwatch Restaurant and Marina, Roy’s of Baltimore, Ruth Chris Steak House at Pier V, Salt Tavern, Sparrows Point Country Club, and Webb Mason.
Big thanks go out to Obrecht Properties, LLC for the tremendous warehouse space, Patrick Payne from BTR, Brian Adolph of Ray’s Truck Rental, Michael Hoffberger of Hoffberger Moving Services for the trucks, and St. James Academy for their successful toy drive on Santa’s behalf.
To Santa’s indescribable “A” team – our behind the scenes warehouse crew, there are not enough words. You are the backbone of this 100% volunteer organization. And to the hundreds of Elves who supported our program — Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
We are already under way with plans for 2014, our 26th year, with a goal of providing Christmas to 1,000 families. If you are associated with any club, group or organization that would be interested in partnering with Santa, please contact us.