Santa is preparing to make his Christmas Eve stop in Haverhill, but first he needs some help — and not just from his elves and reindeer.
He's asking all of us to dig into our wallets to make sure everyone gets gifts this year.
The annual Gazette Santa Fund is accepting donations in this seasons effort to help local people who struggle financially during the holidays.
To help kick things off this year, the annual Gazette Hole-in-One golf contest held at Garrison Golf Center on Hilldale Avenue raised $7,045, including the addition of some-late arriving donations.
Now the Gazette Santa is asking the public to help boost the fund to higher levels as the cry for help in the community is as great as ever.
All money received by the fund goes to local people who otherwise could not afford the things many of us take for granted — a holiday meal for the family, gifts under the Christmas tree, even a tree itself.
The fund also gives donors an opportunity to publicly remember relatives or other loved ones. As donations come in, the Gazette publishes the names of donors, the amounts they gave and the names of people they are remembering with their donations.
Since 1959, the Gazette Santa Fund has helped families in the Haverhill area through contributions from local businesses, organizations and individuals.
As has been the case for five decades now, the Murphy family of Murphy’s Garrison Golf Center jump started this year’s effort.
It was the Murphys’ 49th straight year hosting the Hole-in-One contest. In that time, the event has raised more than $200,000 for the Santa Fund.
Here’s how to give to the fund:
See the form inside today’s Gazette. Fill it out and mail it to the newspaper with your donation. The form will continue to appear in upcoming editions of the Gazette during the holiday season.
Go to hgazette.com/santafund and follow the instructions.