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Thank You for Supporting Substitute Santa 2018!

Did you know that Child Saving Institute (CSI) utilizes donations to Substitute Santa all year long? We help families celebrate their children's birthdays and other significant events and achievements.

Donate to Substitute Santa

Substitute Santa 2019 is scheduled Dec. 9-11 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Drop all unwrapped gifts and gift cards off at 4545 Dodge St. by Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Please Shop from This Holiday Wish List

If you would like to make a difference for kids this holiday season, please consider donating Gift Cards. Gift Cards are easy to buy, easy for CSI to store, and they help ensure equity among the children and teens CSI serves. Cash donations are also always appreciated and allow the staff to purchase clothing and other essentials for kids — especially for hard-to-shop-for teens.

Gift Cards (e.g. Target, Walmart) $10 - $25 increments (Gift Cards provide flexibility and allow staff to shop for the recipient’s “dream” gift!)

Movie Passes (Special outings are so important to CSI’s kids!)

Arts & Crafts Supplies  (e.g.finger paint, color magic sets, sketch pads, drawing pencils, craft kits)

Tonka Trucks and Hot Wheel Cars

Building Toys (e.g. Legos, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets)

Ethnic Baby Dolls

Board Games (for ages 8 yrs+)

Board Books for Infants and Toddlers

Electronics (Family oriented/kid friendly games and accessories for Wii game system)

Sports Equipment (footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, etc.)


Dress-up clothes

Pop-up tents

Play kitchen food

Infant/toddler push toys/ride-on

Hoodies, Sleep Pants (all teen/adult sizes)


How Substitute Santa Works

• Bring or mail your gift cards to CSI, attn: Grace, 4545 Dodge, 68132, by December 6; If you choose to purchase gifts, please bring your UNWRAPPED gifts to CSI  with all tags intact from December 4-6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Gifts must arrive by December 10 to allow our staff sufficient time to distribute them before the holidays); 

• Make an on-line donation by clicking the below link

Donate to Substitute Santa

For more information, please contact Grace at gpeterson@childsaving.org or 402-504-3634.

Through Child Saving Institute's (CSI) Substitute Santa program, you can put the happy in Happy Holidays for hundreds of children and teens in our community. Whatever holiday you celebrate personally — Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, or Kwanza — helping Child Saving Institute's kids have a happy holiday and childhood is a big job and we absolutely couldn't do it without you! Thank you for your support and thank you for being part of our CSI family this holiday season and all year long.

Read Danita's story about how Substitute Santa helped her family.

As a single mother, Danita had struggled financially since splitting from her spouse. As the holidays approached, she worried about providing gifts for her four children.

One of Danita’s sons, 5-year-old Mark, attended childcare and was receiving services from Diana Shaw, KidSquad Mental Health Consultant/Therapist with Child Saving Institute (CSI). Her youngest, 3-year-old Ariana, was in a classroom receiving extra support from Diana.

Diana knew it was a tough time for Danita financially and told her about CSI’s Substitute Santa program.

Because of Substitute Santa, Danita could provide gifts for all of her children — 12-year-old Aeven, 8-year-old Thomas, Mark, and little Ariana. Each child received new footwear, socks, undergarments, and an outfit along with an age-appropriate toy and a book.

Ariana received a pair of unicorn boots with rainbow manes on the back. She adored them and they quickly became her footwear of choice. Though Ariana had always been shy, she exuded confidence and pride as she wore her boots throughout winter!

Danita expressed her gratitude to CSI with tears in her eyes.




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