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Santa Cause Works Overtime to Help Area Families

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The Santa Cause is working overtime this year to make sure everyone on their list is covered for the holidays. And that list is longer this year than last.

"We will be feeding 750 families this year," says Traci Smith who heads up the shopping and the wrapping for the Santa Cause. "That's about 100 more than we fed last year. And we are giving warm clothing and gifts to about 100 families. That's more than we were able to help last year too."

The Santa Cause is a non-profit that is funded through donations of money, food and clothing. Traci's garage is stacked with boxes waiting to be wrapped right now. On Thursday they'll amass it all in a warehouse in Sparks and then deliveries will go out. Local school counselors identify the families in need and the Santa Cause does what it can to fill every one of them.

"We identify the ones who would never ask for help but who need it the most and focus on them," Traci says. "And this year we have something new - batteries. The Fire Department donated 10,000 batteries which means we cannot only make sure they have smoke detectors that are working, but that gives us more options to give them different toys."

And schools like Edwin Dodson Elementary are thankful that the Santa Cause is there.

"This economy has been tough on our families. It's been tough on families everywhere," says Dodson Principal Don McHenry. "We have about 400 kids here. In years passed we had a few families on the Angel Tree and lots of families to help them. Now, there are so many angels on our tree we've had to enlist outside help to make sure they are all taken care of. The Santa Cause is making sure we get everyone fed and this year Microsoft Licensing has stepped in and taken angels and is helping with gifts. We are so very thankful to them all."

The Santa Cause could still use help. They have donations of food and money but they really need manpower and trucks for the deliveries. This Thursday they'll be loading up meals for 750 to be delivered to schools in the area. They can always use extra wrapping paper, wrappers, tape, tags, and extra hands packing. If you want to help contact SantaCause@yahoo.com

Written by Erin Breen

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