Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

Dear Santa

When: October - December 2024

Where: Drop-off arranged individually

For more than 20 years, the Center has provided holiday gifts for children up to 18 years of age through the Dear Santa program. Children in need served by the Center and their siblings receive donated gifts. Last year, the Center provided gifts and holiday parties to nearly 2,300 East Tennessee children and families in need. This was made possible by individuals and organizations in the community who participate as a sponsor in the Dear Santa program.

Sign ups to sponsor a child in 2024 will open this fall. Fill out the interest form below to receive a notification when sign ups become available.

Questions? Email Amy Cattran at or click here to check out our FAQs.

Another great way to support Dear Santa is to purchase items through our Amazon Wish Lists to contribute to children who have a last minute need! Visit the links below to view our wish list for each age group.

Ages 0-3

Ages 4-8

Ages 9-13

Ages 14+

Monetary donations can be made by visiting and selecting Dear Santa from the “Fund/Campaign” drop down.

Thank you for helping to provide children with the most need and the least resources the opportunity to experience a happy, unforgettable holiday season!

Dear Santa Sponsor Interest

Please fill out the form if you are interested in sponsoring a child's wish list for 2024. You will be notified by email when sign ups open this fall.

Dear Santa Volunteer Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Dear Santa! We will be in touch when opportunities open up in late 2024.