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Child Saving Institute Seeks Substitute Santas for Local Children Despite Pandemic

November 17, 2020

Once again, Child Saving Institute (CSI) will help put the happy in “Happy Holidays” for more than 700 children and teens in the greater Omaha area through its annual Substitute Santa program.

“This year has been tough for kids. Between being pulled away from school, missing traditional family activities, and not being able to see family members for months at a time, 2020 has been a hard year for families, and especially for children,” said Peg Harriott, CSI President & CEO. “Please join CSI to help give local children and youth a holiday they will never forget despite the pandemic.”

The agency needs the assistance of many Substitute Santas! Anyone can become a Substitute Santa by purchasing gifts or gift cards and bringing them (unwrapped with tags intact) to CSI located at 4545 Dodge Street between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., December 9-11. In past years, CSI received donations from companies, families, individuals, and civic organizations. All gifts are appreciated but gift cards may be a great alternative this year. They are easy to buy and they help to provide a wonderful holiday for hard to shop for teenagers.

Those who plan to bring gifts should arrange for drop-off in advance by emailing gpeterson@childsaving.org or calling 402.504.3634. Substitute Santas may also make a monetary gift at childsaving.org/newsevents/substitute-santa that will allow CSI to purchase items needed most. Wish List items are listed below.

Infants & Toddlers

Diapers, wipes, diaper bags, baby wash/lotions, bibs, crib sheets, learning toys, push toys, ride-on toys, wooden blocks, toy cars/trucks, board books, Pack ‘n Plays, bassinets


Pop-up tents, play kitchen food, puppets, dress-up clothes, baby dolls, board games, puzzles


Hoodies, sweatpants, leggings, gift cards, sports equipment, backpacks, duffle bags, wallets/ billfolds, perfume/cologne sets, makeup kits, curling/flat irons


Gift cards, arts and crafts supplies for all ages, books for all ages

Please contact Grace Peterson at 402.504.3634 or gpeterson@childsaving.org with questions, to arrange donation drop-offs, or for more information. 

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