Local families are nominated by teachers, principals, and other school administrators from the West Valley. Nomination forms include contact information for the nominator and the family’s guardian as well as some basic information about the children and a place for the nominator to tell us why the family is a good fit for our program.
Our volunteers on the Recipient Committee read every nomination that is submitted. They then work with the family’s guardian to collect more detailed information. Once we have all the information, the Recipients Committee has the tough job of determining which families will be selected for the Sugar Plum Fairies.
To keep our Arizona Qualified Charitable Organization (QCO) status, all of the families we select must be low income or dealing with a chronic illness or physical disability in the immediate family. Selected families will typically have multiple children with at least one child in elementary school.
If you are a teacher or school administrator and would like to nominate a family, reach out to our Recipients Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will make sure you are notified when nominations start. Nominations are typically open the last two weeks of August each year.
We pride ourselves on customizing the gifts each family receives!
Our Recipients Committee works tirelessly to make sure our shopping teams don’t just have clothing sizes for each child, but also information like their favorite color, hobbies, what they really need and want for Christmas. With this, our shoppers make sure each child has something special to open for Christmas.
Gifts are mostly clothes, but we make sure to include some fun items as well! Each child will get:
- A weeks worth of outfits, a coat, and shoes
- A dress up holiday outfit that will coordinate with their siblings
- Matching holiday PJs
- Two personalized toys selected from their wish list
- A stocking filled with hygiene essentials, snacks and small activities
All gifts are new – we don’t include any previously worn clothes or used toys.
Each family also receives a grocery gift card for food and a fun Christmas Eve basket with treats, games, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Once all the gifts are purchased and wrapped, the fun really begins!
We want every family in our program to feel special and to feel the support of the community around them. Each family gets a dedicated time for their Gift Presentation without the distraction of other children and other families in the room. Each child gets to meet and interact with Santa (and sometimes Mrs. Claus too!) while the parents and guardians are able to meet some of our amazing volunteers. The children get their picture with Santa and get to open a gift (or two) right then. It’s a magical experience for the children and for the parents.
At the end, the family gets to take the rest of the gifts home with them to open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.