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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Community Santa Program

    Community Santa Program

    Each year the Children Services Division seeks volunteers from the community to help make the Christmas season a little brighter for children in custody and needy families we are serving.  Throughout the year we have 100 children in custody who have been removed from the care of their families and are living in alternate living arrangements: foster homes and residential placements.

    Lake County organizations, businesses, clubs and individuals have offered to become Santas for these children and families.  If you are interested contact 440-350-4317 or 440-350-4322. You may help at whatever level is comfortable for you and your group.  You may adopt a child in custody or a family unit. We will provide you with a child or family and some gift suggestions.  To protect the confidentiality of our clients you will only receive first names and ages of each person.

    We do not accept monetary donations however gift cards for grocery stores, gas stations or appropriate teen related stores are appreciated.  Unfortunately, the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services is not a charitable organization so although your gifts are very appreciated and much needed, they are not tax deductible.  If you wish to make a tax deductible donation it may be made to the Lake County Foster Parent Association who provides year round events for children in foster care.