Volunteers team up with Santa for Christmas letter project to aid American Cancer Society

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For many children during the holiday season, there is nothing as exciting as getting a letter from Santa Claus, and the American Cancer Society is teaming up with the Jolly Old Elf to make that happen this year.

These letters are often written confirmation that Santa knows them, has been watching them and is getting ready to visit on Christmas.

One group of volunteers in the Mohawk Valley are using a little Christmas magic to bring those dreams to life and raise funds for the fight against cancer through “Letters From Santa.”

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone wishing to have a letter from Santa sent to a special child, can just fill out a simple form telling the team the child’s name, address and what they’d like for Christmas, as well as some thoughts on if they have been good or “need some improvement.”

The volunteers then draft the letter, print it on holiday stationary and mail it out to the child before Dec. 20. Suggested donation is $5 per letter, per child.

“This is such a great way of bringing joy and wonder to a child while making a meaningful gift to the American Cancer
Society, as well,” said Bob Elinskas, Senior Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, “We applaud these volunteers for taking the time to do this and raise critical funds to help further research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.”

Community members interested in having a letter from
Santa sent to a special child can contact Bob Elinskas at 315-257-7386 or via e-mail at Robert.Elinskas@cancer.org to get a copy of the form and team
contact info.

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