Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

Dear Santa

When: October - December 2023

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 2,200 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. For additional questions, or if you or your group is interested in organizing a toy drive for Dear Santa, please contact Amy Cattran at Thank you for helping to provide children with the most need and the least resources the opportunity to experience a happy, unforgettable holiday season!

Sign ups are now open to sponsor a child’s wish list for 2023! Please fill out the form below. Questions? Click here to check out our FAQs.

Another great way to support Dear Santa is to purchase items through our Amazon Wish List to contribute to children who have a last minute need!

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.


Sponsor a Child for the Holidays

*Please note that this form should not be used to request a sponsor or wish list for your child. To request that your child be added to the Center's Dear Santa program, please contact their case manager.

  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.
  • Please note that all requests will be taken into consideration, but are not guaranteed. You cannot request to sponsor a specific child.

Dear Santa Volunteers

Sign up below to volunteer for Dear Santa!

  • Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Elf Shopping Volunteers

Sign up below to volunteer for Elf Shopping! Elf Shopping will take place at Target Turkey Creek - 11100 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934

  • Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.