Please consider supporting the 2019 Operation Santa Claus program, facilitated by the Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS). This annual program helps provide Christmas to families with children residing in Currituck, and to the county’s children in foster care. Operation Santa also provides food baskets for local senior citizens during the holidays.
Your donation is tax deductible and all proceeds benefit citizens of Currituck County. Last year, Operation Santa served more than 500 local children!
For citizens who wish to receive assistance from Operation Santa, DSS will begin accepting applications on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. The application period will end on Nov. 22, 2019. Children must reside in Currituck County to be eligible for Operation Santa assistance.
Citizens and community groups who wish to support Operation Santa may choose any of these four options:
- SPONSOR a family with children by purchasing new, unwrapped gifts for the children. Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or send an email to Operation.Santa@currituckcountync.gov.
- TOYS: Donate new, unwrapped toys. You may drop these off at the DSS front desk during regular business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or send an email to Operation.Santa@currituckcountync.gov.
- MONEY or GIFT CARDS: donate money or gift cards to be used by DSS to purchase Christmas gifts for children. These donations can be made at the DSS front desk during business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We also accept donations via our mailing address: 153 Courthouse Road, Suite 400, Currituck, NC, 27929. Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.
- FOOD or MONEY: Donate food, money, or gift cards to the Food Baskets for the Elderly program. Contact Carla Mebane at 252-232-6039 or email to Carla.Mebane@currituckcountync.gov.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
(1) How does sponsoring a family work? Sponsors are responsible for purchasing Christmas gifts for the children within the family. We serve children 0-17 years of age. When considering becoming a sponsor, begin by determining the total number of children you would like to sponsor for Christmas this year. Once you decide, contact Samantha Hurd or Heather Corbell with The Currituck County Department of Social Services; and they will match you with a family. You will receive a wish list for each child that includes ages, sizes and gift suggestions. The wish list will help you shop for the children. Each wish list will be assigned a number to identify the family. The gifts must be labeled with the application number and delivered to Social Services by a specified date and time, which will be coordinated with you. The earlier in the season, the better!
(2) How much money do I need to spend per child? We do not set contribution guidelines for sponsors and there is no set dollar amount to spend per child. There is also no set amount of toys to purchase. We encourage you to spend as much as you reasonably can to assist a family. The gifts you provide will be the only gifts some children receive. It would be an amazing contribution if you are able to purchase a few wish list toys for each child and add stocking stuffers to the bag.
(3) Why are the gifts required to be unwrapped? Will you accept gently used toys? For safety reasons, all donated toys and gifts must be unwrapped and new. We cannot accept used toys and sponsors cannot provide used toys to families.
(4) Can I enclose a note to the family I am sponsoring, or could I meet the family? No, in order to preserve and protect the confidentiality of children and their families, we are unable to allow sponsors to enclose notes, cards or meet the family.
(5) If I cannot sponsor a family, are there other ways I can help? Yes, donations of money, new toys, and gift cards are always welcome! Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”. Separate donations can be made to provide gifts to disabled adult wards.
(6) Is sponsoring a family or making a donation to Social Services tax deductible? Will I receive a receipt for my donation? Yes, your donation is tax deductible. You will be provided with a receipt for all toys, goods, and money donated.
(7) What is the Food Baskets for the Elderly Program? This program provides groceries to disadvantaged elderly and disabled adults receiving case management services through the Currituck County Department of Social Services. Non-perishable food items and canned goods are always needed. Additional perishable items such as frozen turkey and ham can also be donated. Please contact Carla Mebane to coordinate.
OTHER: In an effort to maximize the number of families served, the Currituck County Department of Social Services partners with other community organizations to avoid duplication of sponsorships and contributions. For any other questions, please contact DSS Director Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or DSS Administrative Officer Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or contact us via email at Operation.Santa@currituckcountync.gov.