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No one can take hope away from a child who has gained it from experience 

Upon receiving toys, clothing, computers and $10,000, this Letters To Santa family asked if they could thank us with a song...

Every Christmas morning for the past 25 years, Christmas letters are answered that are written by families desperate for a miracle.  In 2002, what was a family tradition grew exponentially due to the generosity of an entire artistic community. Now, at least one dozen of us are standing at the doors of not one family, but 15 on Christmas Morning.  We show up, unannounced, fulfilling each family's Christmas wishlist (typically food & clothes). We have added a computer for every child and a tablet for the parent. And then there is the one gift that every family suffering poverty needs most: MONEY.  Each family receives $10,000. No strings attached. Given to them unconditionally because that is the only way to be sure you have extended yourself without taking something from a neighbor in need in the process.


Most Letters To Santa funds are raised during one remarkable live benefit event that has been running annually since 2002 at the world-famous Second City comedy theater.

24 HOUR is a 24-hour long improv and music marathon that relies on a cast of legendary musicians and the world’s top improvisers

Alumni include over 1000 improvisers and musicians including:
Jeff Tweedy (who has perfomed every 24 Hour for Letters To Santa), George Wendt, Tim Meadows, Fred Armisen, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Sudeikis, Oliva Wilde, Martha Plimpton, Jack McBrayer, Aidy Bryant, Bob Mould, Bush, The Breeders, Keegan-Michael Key, TJ Jagodowski, Veruca Salt, Steve Albini, Cecily Strong, Will Oldham, Chris Redd, Tami Sagher, Fred Schneider, Lil Bub, Mike O'Brien, Nina Nastasia, Horatio Sanz, Robbie Fulks, David Pasquesi, Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, Robert Smith, Glen Hansard and many more...

a detailed 24 Hour archive page coming soon...

"I keep in mind the date December 25, when my letter that I wrote to Santa came out favored to fulfill my dream, I was so happy that I cried because I could not believe that something I always wanted became a reality thanks to your help. As a result, my family and I felt very happy to have found very kind people on our way and I am always going to appreciate that." 

~ Letters To Santa recipient