Santa Fund 2018 kicks off today

NASHUA – Even though the weather is still warm and sunny and Dec. 25 seems a long way off – 86 days to be exact – Santa’s many helpers in Greater Nashua are getting a jump on the holiday season.

Today, The Telegraph – with the assistance of the United Way of Greater Nashua – kicks off Santa Fund 2018, a program that assists low-income families so they are able to enjoy the holiday season. Through the fund, families will get assistance with providing their children a variety of gifts, from toys to gift cards and much more.

“During the holiday season, no family should have to make the choice between paying living expenses or getting Christmas gifts for their children,” said Telegraph Publisher Heather Goodwin Henline. “That’s too heart-wrenching a decision to have to make. Through the Santa Fund, though, those in need will have the opportunity to provide their children with gifts, bringing smiles to their faces and creating memories that will last a lifetime.”

“For many, the greatest joy at Christmastime is the gift of giving,” Goodwin Henline added. “Over the years, The Telegraph has been extremely fortunate to have had such an outpouring of support from the community for the Santa Fund. We all are blessed to be living in such a place where our neighbors are so generous in lending financial help to those in need. Although the need in our area is great, we – along with our partner agencies – find a way to make the holidays special for those less fortunate.”

Three area nonprofits will benefit from this year’s fund, including the Front Door Agency and The Salvation Army in Nashua and SHARE Outreach, located in Milford.

Once again, the United Way of Greater Nashua will be the fiscal agent for the Santa Fund, managing and distributing the monies to the three agencies.

Suggested donations for the Santa Fund are: Gift cards from a variety of locations, such as Chunky’s Movie Theater, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Barnes & Noble and Old Navy; gift sets from Bath and Body Works; games for the PlayStation 4, XBox, Wii, XBox 360, Nintendo Switch and other consoles; Disney movie-themed princesses; Legos; baby toys; trains; twin and full-size comforters and sheet sets; winter coats and winter boots.

Santa Fund donations will be accepted online again this year. Those wishing to make a monetary donation can use their MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express card on a secure online portal. The Web address for that portal is https://tinyurl.com/2018santa. Donations are fully tax deductible, and an online receipt will be provided for each donation.

To make donating even easier, a new text-to-give option has been added. Those wishing to make a contribution can text 2018santa to 41444.

Donations also can be made by check, made out to the United Way of Greater Nashua, with Santa Fund written in the memo line. Cash donations can be dropped off at the United Way office, located at 20 Broad St.

Total contributions can be tracked at https://tinyurl.com/2018santathermometer.