South Aiken Presbyterian Church established the Secret Santa program in Aiken County in 1987 by bringing holiday cheer to the economically challenged families and children of our community. SAPC continues to serve as its managing organization.
The program involves providing eligible children with up to three wrapped Christmas presents at a total value of about $50 from a “wish list” that each child has provided. Eligibility of children is based on family need and income level. Many other churches, civic organizations, and groups throughout the area (in the true spirit of ecumenism) sponsor children each year. The program needs volunteers to sponsor a child, shop for gifts, wrap gifts, and hand out gifts on distribution day.
Since the program’s inception over 25,000 children have been served. The program starts up in October of each year.
Volunteer 'elves' are available between September through mid-December to answer your inquiries. If you would like more information on this ministry, you may email SecretSantaSAPC@gmail.com. Or, check back on the Secret Santa page in mid-August for upcoming details.