Many ways to help: How to donate to Santa Fund

NASHUA – The Santa Fund, which has been helping to provide Christmas gifts to underprivileged families in Nashua for more than 50 years, is looking for donations to help reach its $75,000 goal.

The Santa Fund, hosted annually by The Telegraph, is being supported by the United Way of Greater Nashua for the first time this year.

United Way president Mike Apfelberg said he sees it as “an important project,” and that the United Way can add strength to The Telegraph’s mission as a relatively neutral nonprofit, meaning that the funds they collect get redistributed throughout the community, so they are used to that process.

“It’s an expertise we have and felt we could lend to the campaign,” he said.

The United way also wanted to expand the Santa Fund into Greater Nashua, which is how SHARE Outreach in Milford got incorporated.

“We’re excited to be part of the process,” Apfelberg said.

United Way will be managing the financial part of the fund, and with their status as a nonprofit, all donations to the Santa Fund this year will be tax-deductible.

There are several ways to donate.

To contribute online, visit http://tinyurl.com/2017santa.

Donors can also text santa2017 to 41444.

Checks should be made payable to “United Way of Greater Nashua” with “Santa Fund” on the memo line, and can be mailed to or hand-delivered to United Way of Greater Nashua, 20 Broad St., Nashua, NH 03064.

Cash donations should be brought to the same address in a sealed enveloped with “Santa Fund” written on the outside.

For those who would like to donate gifts instead, several gift drop-off locations will be announced once they are determined.

Currently, the Front Door Agency, the Salvation Army and SHARE Outreach are working with families to help develop wishlists.

Organizers said they are already seeing a great desire for gift cards for teenagers.

The Santa Fund also is currently looking for businesses to act as toy drop-off locations and to assist in gift collection and distribution this holiday season.

Those interested should contact Telegraph Publisher Heather Goodwin

Henline at 594-1204 or hhenline@nashuatelegraph.com.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.