Each year Summer Santa funds 200-350 children to a week long, North Texas summer camp of their choice. The application process begins after Spring Break and concludes at the end of April. The application process is conducted by school counselors, school nurses and charity directors. They are asked to identify and assist children with special circumstances to apply for the opportunity to experience a summer camp adventure. This is a financial scholarship program only. The scholarship does not include transportation, spending money, or extra activity fees. The children must be attending school in Northeast Tarrant County and be ages 7-14. If you are a parent or guardian whose child fits these criteria and you would like to learn more, please contact Summer Santa or one of the persons mentioned above that assist with the application process.
For almost 20 years, before Summer Santa, life’s circumstances sometimes prevent children from having camp experiences. Summer Santa has filled this gap with the opportunity to experience field trips to venues that are educational and fun. For example, field trips for the ACH Wilson Behavior Care Unit children are a Summer Santa Pilot Program now is in its second year. It has been very successful. If you would like to suggest a field trip, please contact Summer Santa.
Summer Santa assists children between the ages of 7-14 who live in Northeast Tarrant County, Texas, with funding for soccer or baseball registration fees. Constructive outdoor play and exercise with a team of new friends can be a life-changing experience. A fee scholarship is not a guarantee of placement on a team. Additional expenses such as uniforms and transportation are the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Summer Santa disclaims any liability for accidents or injuries arising from participation. Please ask a teacher, counselor or coach to request a Sports Application form from Summer Santa.
At the end of May each year, a local doctor and volunteer nurses provide a free physical for children who need one for summer camp or sports participation. Physical posters will be enclosed in acceptance letters. If you need more information please contact Summer Santa.
Each August, Summer Santa partners with Kohl’s and volunteers to shop with 150 children for new clothes for back-to-school. Each child is escorted by a Summer Santa volunteer while they choose items they need to have good self esteem when they enter their school experience. At the end of the shopping spree, each child is given a backpack, school supplies and reading books. The shopping participants must be between the ages of 7-14, attending school in Northeast Tarrant County and be recommended by a school counselor or charity director. Please contact one of these for a recommendation.
ANNUAL TOY, BOOK AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Each year, Summer Santa partners with area schools, businesses, service charities and local government agencies to collect toys, books and school supplies. The toys are distributed to local agencies in the summer. The goal is to replenish agency toy closets so children can pick something out for their birthday or when they need to have something to call their own if they have been displaced. The books and school supplies are given to the children who participate in the Summer Santa Back to School Shopping events. Please contact Summer Santa if you would like to donate toys, books or school supplies!
Service to others is a learned art. Nothing that one does for a child is ever wasted! Summer Santa provides community service hours each year. The needs and projects change monthly. Upon contacting Summer Santa, your contact information will be filed and you will be notified of opportunities approximately one month in advance of the different jobs. You can then contact Summer Santa to signup. This is what Summer Santa calls the Art of Philanthropy!