The 19th annual Operation Santa Claus holiday charity drive kicked off Nov. 14. Every person who contributes will have a chance to win a brand-new vehicle.
Operation Santa Claus is a partnership between ABC15 and Sanderson Ford to collect food, toys, clothes and monetary donations for Arizona charities.
This year’s charities are: St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Special Olympics Arizona, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Military Assistance Mission (MAM) and Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC).
“Operation Santa Claus” runs through Dec. 18 and culminates the following day with a “human chain” of volunteers who help deliver all the collected goods to Arizona families in need.
Donation drop-off locations:
• ABC15 Studios – 515 N. 44th Street, Phoenix
• Sanderson Ford – 6400 N. 51st Avenue, Glendale
• Sanderson Lincoln – 2121 W. Bell Road, Phoenix
• All UPS Store locations across the Valley.
• Authorized Operation Santa Claus events listed at givetotheclaus.com
Online donations can also be made anytime throughout the campaign at givetotheclaus.com.
Donors who contribute five dollars or more to Operation Santa Claus will be entered to win a brand- new vehicle. Sanderson Ford and Lincoln will randomly select one lucky donor to win the choice of a new Ford F150 SuperCrew or Lincoln MKZ – luxury sedan.
Fifteen finalists will also receive a $100 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced on Dec. 19.
“It’s grown every year for the past 19 years and I’m so proud of our employees and partners working together towards the goal of hitting the one- million- dollar mark for the fifth year in a row,” said David Kimmerle, president of Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln.
“We need to do it again. Hundreds of families throughout the Valley are counting on us. I really believe the community can and will come together to raise the bar one more time.”
For more information visit givetotheclaus.com.
Founded in 1955, Sanderson Ford is a family-owned and operated Ford dealership located at 6400 N. 51st Avenue in Glendale. The dealership represents one of the largest Ford dealerships in the country and boasts the largest new and used car inventory in the state. As “the dealership that service built,” Sanderson Ford prides itself in providing excellent customer service and giving back to the community it serves. Its annual Operation Santa Claus drive has netted millions of dollars for local charities for more than a decade. For more information, visit sandersonford.com.