TOMORROW, Governor Maggie Hassan will help Operation Santa Claus load National Guard trucks with Christmas gifts for children across the state, highlighting the importance of giving back during the holidays and thanking volunteers and hard-working state employees for their commitment to serving the people of the Granite State.
What: The State Employees’ Association’s 53rdt Operation Santa Claus Gift Delivery
When: 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Where: 11 Stickney Avenue, Concord, NH
Who: The State Employee Association’s Operation Santa Claus committee members; current and retired State of NH employees; National Guardsmen; Governor Maggie Hassan
The State Employees’ Association is gearing up to deliver thousands of gifts to NH children across the state. At 8:30 Wednesday morning, a line of National Guard trucks will substitute for Santa’s sleigh, as “elves” from the S.E.A. Operation Santa Claus program and National Guardsmen & Women load the trucks with toys and clothing items. The trucks will travel throughout the state making deliveries in every NH region to almost 3,000 children – just in time for the holidays! This is the 53rd year the State Employees’ Association has spearheaded this charitable campaign for children who have been identified by NH DHHS case workers. All of the children who will be receiving these gifts have either been neglected or abused; receiving some form of state assistance; in foster care; and otherwise would not have be receiving any gifts this holiday season.
Since 1960, members of the State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984 have organized Operation Santa Claus to help children in need during the holidays. State employees, state retirees and other volunteers come together to provide two packages – one of items that are necessities and another of desired gifts – to more than 3,000 children across the state. For more information, visit http://operationsantaclausnh.tumblr.com/aboutOSC.