Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Be Santa To A Student
"I am an Uptown resident and I am trying to distribute Dear Santa letters from Chicago elementary school students to people who will fulfill the child's request in the letter. I have some from Stewart School in Uptown and will be picking up some letters this weekend from Henry Elementary, near Kimball and Montrose.
I obtain the letters from Direct Effect Charities, a Chicago non-profit organization that helps people to directly assist children from low-income families in Chicago Public Schools. Over 98% of the students at Stewart Elementary come from low-income families and a majority of the families are homeless and living in area shelters. I am not otherwise affiliated with Direct Effect.
I have been distributing Dear Santa letters for over ten years among my friends and family and this year I decided to try to expand my reach. I have distributed over 230 letters from other schools so far.
If you would like a letter (or multiple letters!), please e-mail your mailing address to me at email@example.com and I will mail you a letter. You are then asked to spend $25 on a gift for the child. You will need to deliver the gift to the school (the address is in the letter) by December 19. Thank you so much! And please spread the word! I think the charity has nearly 300 letters coming in from this school so it would be great to distribute all of them!"