The 12th Annual Operation Santa Claus begins on November 21.
The holidays are a tough time for some of our neighbors in need for a variety of reasons. Some people have to forgo gifts because of sick child in the hospital for an extended length of time, or they have lost their job and there is not enough money for food. We can all take action and help.
The partnership between ABC15 and Sanderson Ford and Lincoln is an Arizona tradition that collects food, toys, clothes and monetary donations for local charities.
This year's charities are: St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Military Assistance Mission (MAM).
The drive runs through December 21, and culminates with a "Human Chain" of volunteers who help deliver all the collected goods to Arizona families in need.
There are many opportunities to take action and help the drive this holiday season:
Drop-off points are:
ABC15 Studios – 515 North 44th Street, Phoenix
Sanderson Ford – 6400 North 51st Avenue – Glendale
Sanderson Lincoln – 2121 West Bell Road – Phoenix
All of The UPS Store locations across the Valley
Online donation opportunities:
Donate on the web at givetotheclaus.com
Text santa at 46988 from any mobile phone to make a donation
Anyone who donates to our cause has the opportunity win either a new Ford F-150 Super Crew EcoBoost or a new Lincoln MKZ. The fifteen finalists will also receive a $100 Visa gift card. Winner will be announced on December 20 during ABC15's Sonoran Living Live at 9am.
Among the many events taking place during Operation Santa Claus, ABC15 and Valley Clear Channel Radio stations will host a Claus-A-Thon on December 3 to flood the airwaves with the giving spirit. Throughout the day, ABC15 will air cut-ins from locations around the Valley collecting donations.
This year, the annual "Challenge" is heating up! Between 4pm and 7pm, ABC15 anchor Stephanie Hockridge and KNIX's Ben and Matt will be live at the UPS store along Greenway Pkwy and 64th Street in Scottsdale. ABC15 anchor Amber Sullins and KFYI's Mike Broomhead will be live in Phoenix at Sanderson Ford at 51st Avenue and Maryland Avenue, and ABC15 anchor Dan Spindle and The Mix's Matthew Blade will be live at UPS Store at Warner and Cooper roads in Gilbert. They will be collecting donations to see who gets the most during that time period. There will be also be a volunteered staffed phone bank from 5am – 10:35pm taking donations.
ABC15 and Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln are proud to partner with Clear Channel radio The UPS Store locations for this annual drive.
"It's my favorite time of the year. I love how our community comes together to help and support less fortunate families. It keeps getting bigger and better every year" replied David Kimmerle, President of Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln.
"Our viewers' generosity continues to inspire us," said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15. "ABC15 is proud to be part of a community project that helps our neighbors in need."
For more information go to givetotheclaus.com.