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Families need subs for Santa

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The Deseret News Sub for Santa program is in need of volunteers. Christmas is a few weeks away, and many people won't have a Christmas unless individuals, groups, clubs and businesses step forward to "adopt" them. The Deseret News is asking its readers to step forward and help provide Christmas to those in need.

One hundred families need to be placed by the Deseret 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 now waiting for assistance. Every effort will be made to make matches compatible with the desires of volunteer Santas.

The suggested level of help is $75 in gifts for each child, and the News encourages sponsors to either give a grocery gift certificate or help provide items for a Christmas dinner for the family. It is 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 will need to 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 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 Sub for Santa program is a Deseret News program, and people in need of assistance must apply through Angel Tree and Toys for Tots and not Sub for Santa.