If I need to register for Secret Santa for myself do I contact this number?

You need to contact the Christmas Bureau at 304-414-4405 to sign up for the Christmas program that provides help to the area you reside.

How are children chosen for the program?

Families that have a need sign their children up at certifying agents in Kanawha and Boone County locations and then United Way insures that families are only being served by one organization based on which area the family resides.

Where are the children from that I will be helping?

The children are all from Kanawha, Boone and Putnam County in West Virginia. Zip codes are used to divide the children up between the different agencies that provide help.

Can I volunteer?

We can always use volunteers. Please refer to the volunteer tab for more information.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, Secret Santa is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. 

What percent of my donation goes towards helping children?

If you make a PayPal or a donation by mail to sponsor a child then 100% of that donation is used to sponsor a child’s Christmas list.

How can I donate?

You can mail a check to Secret Santa Foundation, P O Box 3982, Charleston, WV. 25339 or go to the donate now link to make a PayPal donation.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

Each gift should not cost more than $25.00 so purchasing all three gifts should be no more than $75.00 plus tax. 

Is there a minimum to donate?

There is no minimum but a donation $75.00 covers the Christmas list of one child. 

What if I don’t want to shop?

Secret Santa has volunteers that love to shop. You can either mail a check to us or make a donation on PayPal and we will do the shopping for you

Do I need to purchase the clothing and/or shoes that are listed?

if you would like to purchase that would be fine but this is a toy program and it's important to purchase the toys listed. 

Can I purchase clothing?

Yes, clothing sizes are provided

My office wants to help can we just do a group of kids together?

Yes. We will try to give you large families so children in the same family are all sponsored by the same group.

Can I get the child more than what they ask for?

Yes, or you could sponsor more than one child since there are so many children in need.

Do I have to purchase all three choices for the child?

We ask that you do but if you are only able to purchase part of the 3 items we ask that you let us know that up front so we can take care of the rest of the child’s needs. 

What if my child has siblings and I only sponsor one?

We try to keep families together but sometimes we are not able to. In cases where one sponsor purchases more for one child than the other in the same family Secret Santa will make up the difference within reason.  

Can I help a specific child that I know is in the program?

If at all possible.

What do I do after I purchase the child’s gifts?

You label each gift with the Child’s Name and Number.  The gifts do not need to be wrapped but must be labeled.   Place all the child’s gifts in one bag and label the outside of the bag with the Child’s Name, Number and the number of gifts contained in the bag.  Example:  outside of bag   Susie  B1234   3-Gifts

Where do drop off the gifts?

You were assigned a drop off location when you sponsored your child. 

Is there a list of Drop off locations?

  • South Charleston Fire Department – Station #1 315 4th Ave, South Charleston WV 25309 
  • Charleston Fire Department – Station # 1 300 Morris Street, Charleston WV (Lee & Morris Street)
  • Charleston Fire Department – Station # 2 808 Virginia Street West, Charleston WV (West Side)
  • Charleston Fire Department – Station #6 5008 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston WV (Kanawha City)
  • Saint Albans Fire Department – 51 6th Ave, St. Albans WV
  • Dunbar Fire Department – 907 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar WV
  • BB&T - Cross Lanes - 5560 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes WV
  • BB&T – Hurricane – 352 State Route 34, Hurricane WV
  • City National Bank - Kanawha City – 3601 MacCorkle Ave., SE, Charleston WV
  • Summit Bank – Downtown – 602 Virginia St. East, Charleston WV
  • Summit Bank – Southridge Location – 2402 Mountaineer Blvd, South Charleston WV 
  • State Farm Insurance - Melinda Taylor – 101 Pennsylvania Ave N, Charleston WV

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