From MarcY Clausen on the Holiday Party Committee at The Living Rooom
The Living Room Holiday Party
"The Living Room is a day center for women and children in Sonoma County who are homeless. Each year, we host a holiday luncheon and party for the women and children. We serve lunch for about 100 women and 60 children, enjoy music, and then the children choose a stuffed animal, receive a stocking and candy cane. The highlight of the party is the arrival of Santa Claus - Santa Tim Oxford, who greets each child warmly and has his photo taken with the child and mother. His “ho-ho-ho — Merry Christmas” fills the room with excitement and hopefulness, as they know their not forgotten at the holiday season. Santa Tim has blessed us with his visit for the past 4 years, spreading joy to all families, staff and volunteers, and having photos taken with everyone. He also provides many special tangible gifts — flashlights for each person, bicycle and helmets for women who have no transportation, sleeping bags, and toys. It’s a magical time and we greatly appreciate being on Santa Tim’s list.
He’s made the holidays bright!"
From Julia Agee, the Activity Director at Healdsburg Senior Living:
I would like to take a minute to share with you a wonderful program we have created at Healdsburg Senior Living.
I would kindly call it the Special Santa Visiting Program. Santa Tim, as he is infectiously called, has been working with our community for over 7 years. When speaking with him prior to our first visit, he said “it's important for me to visit with this ladies and gentleman, and I want to make sure I visit everyone.” He stayed true to his promise and spent several hours his first visit at our Senior Community.
What is special to us is the time and dedication Santa Tim exemplifies and the greatest joy he brings to others.
We have also started a program with the local preschool, where he comes to surprise the youngsters, who think they are coming to sing songs and spread Christmas Cheer with the residents, they are surprised themselves by Santa, and a truly special event begins.
It is always a pleasure to be a part of the Santa Tim program, and what a valuable contribution he is to our community."
Windsor Rotary Service Above Self Award Winner 2014
Here is what Rotary says about Santa Tim:
"Tim is a general contractor who believes in and practices community service. It is a trait he acquired from his father and one that he passes along to his sons as well. More than 23 years ago Tim started playing Santa at a Christmas party for low-income families. He has done the same every year since. Where once he touched hearts with his presence, he now touches lives with his ability to provide warmth with blankets, sleeping bags, coats, food, toys and so much more for the less fortunate in his community. The list of charitable work seems endless. Tim recently incorporated as a non-profit to expand his services even further. He does all this in addition to his profession as a contractor. His energy seems endless as he makes miracles happen for those who are struggling."
The Santa Tim Program also received $1000 donation from Windsor Rotary in addition to receiving the top award.
River To Coast Children's Services
"We are a non-profit agency in West Sonoma County serving low-income children and families. I became aware of Santa Tim and his organization when I met one of his elves during our golf tournament.
In the winter our agency has a gift giving program where we reach out to those more fortunate to donate gifts to the children in our community. Every year we give out more than 300 gifts. This year with the generosity of Santa Tim we were able to give out over 400 gifts. If I could capture the look on the faces of the children who received these gifts I am sure they would be the happiest faces a child could have!
After the Holidays Santa Tim called us to see if there were any other needs in the community that he might be able to fulfill. I told him about a little boy who got a bike but his sister did not. I also told him that our families are requesting jackets as this winter has been very cold and some children didn’t have warm jackets. A week later we were given several warm jackets and a bike for the little girl. When we called the father to come pick up the bike he cried and said that his daughter would be so happy that she could ride together with her brother.
Santa Time and his organization have made so many children in Sonoma County feel valued; we would like to give Santa Tim and his organization a big THANK YOU!!"
River To Coast Children's Services
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