The Deseret Morning News Sub for Santa program is looking for volunteers. Even though Christmas is still weeks away, many people won't have a Christmas unless individuals, groups, clubs and businesses are willing to step forward to "adopt" them.

Two hundred families need to be placed by the Deseret Morning News Sub for Santa program before Christmas. Families with two parents, single parents and from one to eight children, up to 12 years of age, are waiting for assistance. Every effort will be made to make matches compatible with the desires of the "volunteer Santas."

The suggested level of help is $50 to $75 in gifts for each child, and sponsors are encouraged to either give a grocery certificate or help provide items for a Christmas dinner for the family. It is also suggested that the Sub for Santa sponsors provide new clothing items, new toys and a book for each child.

In addition to purchasing gifts for the children, sponsors wrap the presents and arrange a time with the family to deliver the gifts. Sponsors are not obligated to provide gifts for the parents or holiday decorations , but may do so if they wish.

The Deseret Morning News Sub for Santa program is one of several programs under the umbrella of the Salt Lake Community Christmas Coordinating Council for Salt Lake County, whose purpose is to maximize resources and avoid duplications.

The program will accept phone calls from prospective volunteers at 801-236-6060, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those in need of Christmas assistance should call 801-988-4204 and not the Deseret Morning News.