Frequently Asked Questions
What is Sub for Santa?
What is Angel Tree and Giving Tree?
I received the name of the family I’m going to sponsor. What should I do next?
How can I remain anonymous?
What do I need to provide?
How much money should I spend?
How can I be sure the family I sponsor really needs my help?
What if the family I sponsor doesn’t speak English?
When should the gifts be delivered?
Should I buy gifts for the parents?
Should I wrap the gifts I donate?
Can I meet the children I’m sponsoring?
Sub for Santa is a temporary Christmas assistance program, which matches sponsors with families looking for help. Applicants will be provided with learning opportunities to help them better manage their money, time, and talents. As a result, children are given what every child deserves: a delightful Christmas Season.
Another manner in which children can receive Christmas gifts from volunteer sponsors is through the Angel Tree and the Giving Tree. You can select the name of a child or disabled adult or elderly person from Utah County that is displayed on the tree. Select a name then purchase the gifts and return them to the tree. Volunteers will then deliver the gifts for you. You will not have contact with the family you are purchasing for. Click here for tree locations and times.
Call your Sub for Santa family the week you receive their information, so they know they are receiving assistance. Use this call to arrange a time to deliver the gifts.
Verify information concerning children’s sizes and, if needed, ask for more gift ideas or specific interests of the children if needed (i.e. favorite color, music group, action figure, clothing style).
You are not required to provide expensive or extra gifts, even if they are requested.
Phone: To ensure anonymity, dial *67 before calling the number and your call should be blocked from a Caller I.D.
E-mail & Text: You are welcome to contact applicants via e-mail and text, if provided. However, please use discretion to remain anonymous. Also, phone calls may be the fastest way as the applicant may not use e-mail frequently.
Sponsors are asked to provide two new items of clothing, two new toys and a book for each child. Please read the list of suggested toys and books.
The purpose of Sub for Santa is to meet the basic needs of the children in each family. Providing an elaborate Christmas makes it difficult for parents to recreate a similar holiday the following year. Each sponsor spends money in different ways. Sponsors tend to spend approximately $60-$100 per child on the required gifts mentioned in number 3. If you would like to provide more, we suggest you call us for another family to help so they can receive a Christmas also.
Sub for Santa is dedicated to helping people who cannot help themselves. An application process verifies that we help those who need it most. To apply for assistance, a parent attends an application workshop where instructors teach about budgeting resources and no-cost holiday traditions. We are also pleased to partner with the Provo City Library in promoting reading with children and other resources in the community. The primary purpose of our workshops is to encourage self-sufficiency.
- A committee evaluates each application according to financial situation, other circumstances, and the number of years a family has or has not received Sub for Santa assistance.
- As the sponsor, you will have the most contact with the family and get to see their home. If you are concerned about anything, please contact us ASAP.
Many of the families who apply don’t speak English, but are still in great need of your help. There are not enough Spanish-speaking sponsors to help all the families who apply, so you may receive a family who does not speak English.
Be resourceful! Do you have a family member, neighbor, or co-worker who speaks Spanish and can help translate for you? In one phone call all of the necessary information can be answered and arrangements can be made. If you are experiencing difficulty, though, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist.
To respect the holiday traditions of the family you are sponsoring may have, we ask that you deliver gifts no later than Dec. 22. Christmas Eve deliveries are strongly discouraged.
Sub for Santa is concerned about helping the children first. We do not ask you to help the parents, but you may do so if you wish. (They don’t expect you to.)
Preferably no. By letting the parents wrap the gifts, you share the experience and allow the parents to play a greater role in providing their children’s Christmas. Perhaps you could include wrapping paper and bows for the parents to use (this is optional, of course). It is always a good idea to put the gifts in a black garbage bag or box so the children won’t see them.
It depends on the parents, but most likely, no. This can create confusing questions from children about Santa Claus and put the parents in an awkward position. Please refrain from taking photos of the family as well. This may make them uncomfortable.
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