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January 21, 2012 (Santee) – The 2012 holiday season may be almost a year away, but Santee Santas are getting an early holiday gift.  The all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Santee community for more than fifty years was informed that they will be the recipients of a $1,000 cash donation from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.


The $1,000 donation is being given in conjunction with the new Fresh & Easy location that is opening in Santee on January 18th.  Fresh & Easy donates $1,000 to a local non-profit group with each new store opening, based on an online nomination process.

"We are thrilled to be the recipients of this generous gift from Fresh & Easy,” says Gail Ramer, Vice Chairman of Santee Santas. "The 2011 holiday season was extremely busy with applications increasing 21 percent over the previous year. This, coupled with the fact that donations decreased sharply, makes a contribution like this such a boost for our organization.”
Fresh & Easy will present their donation to Santee Santas during their Grand Opening celebration on Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 am at their new location at 9751 Mission Gorge Road.
In 2010, Santee Santas assisted 203 families, including 397 children and delivered flower arrangements and stuffed animals to seniors at mobile home parks and assisted living facilities. In 2011, applications increased by 21.2% with 246 families receiving aid.
Santee Santas provide food and gifts, especially during the holiday season, to Santee residents.  Each family who receives assistance is able to get a holiday meal and enough staples to last a few weeks. Each child receives toys or gift cards depending on their age as well as books. Santee Santas also provides emergency assistance year-round.
For more information about Santee Santas, please visit Cash donations can be mailed to Santee Santas Foundation, P.O. Box 710033, Santee, CA 92072-0033 or via PayPal on the Santee Santas Website.


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