The McNabb Center is seeking wish list sponsors for this year’s Dear Santa program. For more than 20 years the McNabb Center has partnered with community organizations, local businesses and individuals to provide holiday gifts for children in East Tennessee. The Dear Santa program gives the Center’s child clients and their siblings with the most needs and fewest resources the opportunity to fill out a wish list and receive donated gifts from community sponsors. 

To sponsor a child, sign up online at mcnabbfoundation.org/DearSanta. Wish lists, which include the child’s gender, age, clothing sizes and gift requests, will be distributed to sponsors in late October. The McNabb Center requests that a minimum of four gifts be purchased for each child. Because many families served by the McNabb Center have limited resources, wish lists often consist of basic items like clothing, toiletries and, of course, the child’s big wish for Santa. 

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“Dear Santa is a great way for the community to support local children who may not otherwise receive anything for Christmas,” said Amy Cattran, McNabb Center community relations coordinator. “By sponsoring a child or donating gifts, you can help bring a child joy this holiday season.” 

If you cannot sponsor a wish list, but still want to be involved, you can shop from the Dear Santa Amazon lists (mcnabbfoundation.org/DearSanta) or donate to the Dear Santa program at mcnabbfoundation.org/Donate. Additionally, the community can provide support by collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children in need. These gifts go toward helping children who did not receive a wish list, but still have a need. 

To learn more about Dear Santa, visit mcnabbfoundation.org/DearSanta. For additional information, contact Amy Cattran at (865) 637-9711 ext. 1155 or amy.cattran@mcnabb.org. 

McNabb Center

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 43,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.