Staff Report

Working toward a $10,000 goal to brighten the holiday season for migrant farm families in the Wimauma area, the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation’s “Operation Santa Claus” now is in full swing.

The charitable organization, which focuses on improving qualities of life for residents in and around the retirement community through a range of established foundation funds, aims to “adopt” from a giving perspective about 25 families during the 2015 Christmas season, according to president of the organization, Walt Cawein. The families will be named by the Beth El Farmworkers Ministry, Inc., he added.

In order to bring Christmas-with-trimmings to each family unit identified as being in need, the foundation is seeking contributions from Sun City Center area businesses as well as from individuals across the broader community. Cawein said the 2015 objective is a $300 “make Christmas happen” cash gift for each family, plus $50 gift cards for youngsters in the 13 to 17 age bracket.

“We think the cash gift can be stretched to decorate the tree, provide a full holiday meal plus cover specific presents for each family member,” Cawein noted, “and we expect the individual gift cards will please the teenagers who frequently are not a priority in standard toy drives.”

The Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc. is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) entirely charitable organization under the U.S. tax code. Tax deductible contributions by donors can be made by check, money order or credit card. Donations can be mailed to the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 6105, Sun City Center, FL, 33571, or via credit cards through the donor page of the website, www.charitablefoundationscc.org.

The website also provides a wealth of details about the foundation and describes the various funds through which the charitable work is channeled.