Operation North Pole hosts various fundraising events throughout the year in order to raise the money necessary to fulfill the wishes of our special guests. Public support is our only means of making the wishes of these special children come true and we are extremely grateful to all who donate to our organization. ONP accepts cash donations, NEW toys and NEW winter children's coats. Our invited guests submit wish lists to Santa Claus and we make every attempt to have their specific wishes fulfilled through our Secret Santa Program. On occasion we supplement our invited children’s wishes from our inventory of New Toys. We also support the American Red Cross with donations of new toys and winter coats to area victims of natural disasters and house fires. Remember, Operation North Pole also accepts matching donations from your employer!
Secret Santa Program
Each year the children of invited families who are aged 12 and younger and who attend our event can submit a wishlist to Santa. We budget $300.00 worth of gift requests for each of these children and normally have between 175 and 200 eligible children receive gifts each year. Their requests can run the full spectrum of a child's imagination. Sometimes we get unusual requests for specific medical devices that can aid a child's everyday life... or sometimes a request for a bed because the family lost everything in a fire. Many of our children ask for electronics that they can use during hospital stays. Our Secret Santa program allows you to make a child's dream come true during the holiday season. If you desire to become a Secret Santa, we ask that you fulfill the child's wish list to a maximum of $300.00. Some wish lists are very humble and do not add up to $300.00. In that case, we ask that you supplement the wish list so this child will receive presents that equal $300.00 in value. Every child in every family is treated equally at ONP. No child is considered sick on the day of our event..... and Santa never comes down the chimney to ask which child is the sick one... to be treated differently than the other children. You can participate in our program by attending our annual Secret Santa Concert and Silent Auction held October 17th this year.(please see News and Events for further details) At the concert you can view the various child wish lists and select from the many posted on the walls. You can also call our office after the Secret Santa Concert and find out if we have any additional Secret Santa requests that need to be filled. If you can't shop for a child and wish to donate cash for the purpose of fulfilling a child's wish list, volunteer shoppers can shop on your behalf.
Adopt a Tree Program
The Winter Wonderland now encompasses 28,000 square feet at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and this year ONP will decorate well over 100 Christmas trees as part of the decorations of our event. We supply pre-lit Christmas trees and ask for volunteers to donate decorations and their talents to complete these trees with their own theme on Saturday, December 5th. In 2014 volunteers decorated 50 trees and had such a good time that we expanded the event to include 120 trees this year. The trees stand approximately 6'-8' tall and we ask that you also supply an extension cord as part of your decorations so that we can provide power to all of our trees. Please call ONP at 847-813-5387 to reserve your tree(s).
ONP has acquired 40 Snowmen with the following dimensions: 37”h, 14”w, 17”d made of fiber stone.
The surface is meant to look like aged stone, yet the figurine is light weight, reinforced with fiberglass and less fragile than concrete. These figures are paintable and can be placed both inside and outside your home or place of business. Similar to the Michigan Avenue Cows on Parade, and the Rainbow Hospice Project, we are looking for individuals and organizations to use their time, talents, and resources to help us create a unique and worthy project for the benefit of some special families in need during the holidays. We are offering these Snowmen to the public for $300.00 and ask that each organization paint and create their own unique piece of art. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to provide invited families with hotel accommodations for the evening before our event this year. This is an opportunity for you and/or your organization to showcase your talents and help out some worthy children at that the same time this holiday season.
Below gives you an idea of what a finished project can look like!!!
Your snowman will be proudly exhibited as part of our decorations for the day of the event. Upon completion of our event on December 12th, we will return your masterpiece to you so that you can use it as a holiday decoration for the remainder of the season. We hope you will proudly display your snowman and let people know you have embraced the true spirit of the holidays by supporting ONP and families in need. So, put your thinking caps on and come up with your own unique creation. If you’re not artistically inclined, remember you can always contact local high schools and offer their art department an opportunity to pitch in for a worthy cause.
Remember, only 40 Snowmen are available AND they're going fast....so please contact ONP as soon as possible to reserve your Snowman today!! For more information and details please contact us at:
Lollipop Lane Sponsor
Each year volunteers from Takes the Cake online bakery sponsor a child's dream.... thousands of pounds of candy for the taking.... Last year, approximately 4,000 pounds,.. yep 2 tons of candy was donated to ONP through Takes the Cake's efforts!!!! You can help them by buying a bag of candy and sending it off to them. Don't worry about ONP collecting too much candy as we've sent the excess to our troops overseas and provided other worthy causes with your generosity. Lollipop Lane also hosts a number of simple games where children of all ages and abilities can take part in the fun. Each child receives a small toy, such as a coloring book, card game or puzzle for simply participating, and there are more gifts for children who master the game's objectives. As such, there are ALOT of small treasures that children win. NO ONE loses on that day....everyone is a winner!!! Remember, just a few dollars can go a long way at the Dollar Store...and it will definitely put a smile on a child's face! If you want to help with a fundraising project to collect small toys/trinkets, or accumulate some candy for the Lollipop Lane area, please contact Takes the Cake via Facebook or by email at: email@example.com Ask for Bob.