Click above to sponsor a friend this Christmas. Your tax deductible donation of $40 sponsors one person. Each friend completes a wish list with the help of their therapist or volunteers. December 10th is the Operation Santa Claus (Drive-thru / social distancing) Party and our Friends look forward to this event. Each will receive an item from their wish list and a small gift card along with a stocking filled with personal items. Additional donations to sponsor more than 1 friend or to support the Operation Santa Claus party and Friendship House programs (OSCFH) is appreciated. To mail a donation send to: MHA/OSCFH, PO Box 1502, Decatur, AL 35602 Questions call: 256-353-1160.
Christmas is around the corner! Most often, we think of children at Christmas – particularly those children who need assistance. But in our community, we also have adults who would like to be remembered. These adults have a serious mental illness, and may not have family or friends who support them, and/or may not have the financial ability to do something special for themselves. They are clients of the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama and participants of MHA’s Friendship House program.
Will you join us in providing gifts for our adult friends? They are so appreciative of being remembered at Christmas. Please help us make this the most successful Operation Santa Claus Project ever!
Each year we strive to reach a goal of $12,000 in financial donations, or in the value of gift donations. Last year we provided gifts for 166 adults, as well as a full Christmas lunch and party.
You may get involved in Operation Santa Claus by:
- Calling the MHA office for the name of a person and a Wish List. Shop for the person spending approximately $40. We ask for the item to be an approximate $30 value and a $10 gift card, so that each person receives two gifts. Gifts need to be new, unwrapped and delivered to MHA at 1408 5th Avenue, SE - Decatur by December 4th
- Giving a tax deductible donation of $40 to sponsor one person, or more to help support the party. Make your checks payable to MHA, designated to Friendship House and Operation Santa Claus (FHOSC) programs. Donations are also accepted online. Click the top left.
- For 2020, there will not be a volunteer wrapping party due to social distancing/safety requirements. Participating in a wrapping party to help wrap all the gifts. Call 256-353-1160 for details. Wrapping parties will be held - TBA.
With your help, this Christmas can be an exciting time for our special friends. Please call the MHA office as soon as possible to let us know how you will help.
Susan Claborn, MHA Executive Director
Cindy Bracken, Katie Gilliland & Summer Terry, Operation Santa Claus Co-Chairs