‘Santa’s Helpers’ need help
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- A Huntsville family has been working for years to provide Christmas gifts for the neediest of children in the area, when they are unable to register for other services, and they do it on a social security check.
The Thomas family has been providing gifts for children in need for years- largely out of their own pockets. They call themselves “Santa’s Helpers,” and would like to become a 501(c)(3) organization to be able to provide tax write-offs and accept all donations.
“I’ve had one company send us a check, and he wrote it out to Santa’s Helpers, and I couldn’t cash it so I sent it back. And he said, as long as I wasn’t tax exempt, he couldn’t donate,” says Barbara Thomas.
So far this year, Santa’s Helpers have provided gifts for more than 150 children. For them, acquiring the gifts has been the top priority.
“When you’re faced with spending $800 for your 501 (c), or faced with a child who don’t have a winter coat, what would you do?” Asks Thomas.
If Santa’s Helpers can’t raise the money to continue the process to become a 501 (c)(3) organization, they face shutting the doors of the workshop for good.
“I mean we can’t do this all without help, without 501 (c)(3) it’s making it next to impossible, people don’t think we’re for real.”
But the smiles on the faces of those who get to surprise their children with new clothes and toys are very real. Thomas says it’s a blessing.
Santa’s Helpers are still in need of toys for girls and babies. If you’d like to donate toys, or money to help them become a non-profit organization contact Barbara Thomas at 256-682-6882.