Santa's List Seeks New Leaders

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Brenda Martell, a founder of Santa's List, a charitable organization serving the needs of low-income children and seniors, said the group is ready for new blood.

"Most of the members we have right now are retiring," Martell said. "Circumstances have changed for everyone. We have been doing this for 18 years and it's time to pass the torch."

Martell said Santa's List, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation, is well-poised to start a new chapter.

"We have a little bit of money in the bank, we have a storage unit and a reputation," she said. "We're lucky we have a lot of people in town who support us."

In 2004, Santa's List provided new toys to more than 1,000 needy children. They also assembled care baskets for 50 senior citizens living on fixed incomes.

Martell said the foundation seeks another organization or group of individuals to take over; three people must manage the foundation to fulfill the 501(c)3 legal requirement. Ideally, Martell said, Santa's List needs eight to 10 people to run efficiently.

"It's not something we want to disappear," Martell said. "We all feel very confident of our ability to pass along information and act as a consultant. We don't want to dump it in someone's lap and walk away."

The organization also runs the Angel Tree Program -- a charity that meets the specific requests of children and adults -- and hosts four fund-raisers throughout the year.

Santa's List is holding a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at Paper and Metal Scrappers, 804 N. Beeline Highway, to discuss the organization's future.

For more information, contact Brenda Martell or Barbara Wilembrecht at (928) 468-1188.

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