Summer Santa strives to enrich the well being of the children of Northeast Tarrant County, Texas, experiencing life’s challenges with life-changing experiences!
Summer Santa is a 501(c)(3) that was established in 1997 by Judge Brad Bradley and the People’s Crusader Dave Lieber. Summer Santa was created to extend the spirit of giving to children throughout the year, not just during the holiday season.
Summer Santa has no paid staff and no physical structure that incurs expenses. Summer Santa is operated by a Board of Directors that are community leaders who donate their time and expertise. Summer Santa serves children, ages 7-14, who live in Northeast Tarrant County, Texas. Volunteers are the “soul” employees of Summer Santa.
Summer Santa is funded by the generosity of individuals, sponsors, philanthropic organizations, granting entities and fundraisers. Overhead is kept at a minimum so the largest percentage of monies goes to service for the children.
Our accomplishments since 1997 are:
- 4358 children sent to a summer camp of their choice to help them experience “joy” –
2016 average cost per child: $198 Total: $950,446
- 35,800 new toys and books donated to 12-15 sister charities in the summer – Goal: to replenish their empty closets for children who need something to call their own – Value: Priceless (all donated)
- 2,156 children taken to back-to-school shopping because clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies can pave the way to learning – Cost per child: $100 Total: $215,600
- 575 children given free camp and school physicals – Goal: to make health an affordable privilege – Value: Priceless
- 44 children given baseball/soccer registration scholarships – Average cost per child: $50 Total: $2,200. This year, 2015, we will be spending $1000 for sports equipment for the Miracle League.
- 134 bikes/31 red wagons given to children without – Goal: to feel freedom with the wind in their hair! Value: Priceless (all donated)
- ACH Behavioral Care Unit Summer Specialized Experience – Goal: to give children, who are in safe haven because of severe abuse, summer field trips to experience venues of childhood fun. Unit Cost for 3 years: $4,000
- Summer Santa is also very proud to teach the Art of Philanthropy to approximately 300 high school students every year as they assist in our programs. Many return as adults to join the fun of service!