In a year of unprecedented challenges, the Holiday Gift Program at the Code of Support Foundation brought cheer to the children of military and veteran families across the nation.  Through the generosity of Bob “Santa” Nelson and numerous donors, gifts were provided to more than 160 children of active duty service members and veterans who served in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force.

Throughout 2020, Code of Support experienced a 200% increase in requests for critical support like employment, food security, financial assistance, affordable housing, and access to mental health care. These are the families of those who have served our country, and we believe they deserve better. Yet, many veterans told us they worried most about what “Santa” would be able to leave underneath the tree:

“This season held so much change for our family, including a big move from our hometown to a completely new part of the state. The unexpected expenses of starting up in a new home were starting to get to me but when I heard from our special Santas I knew we were going to be taken care of. Thank you so much for your generosity.”

— Marine Corps Wife and Mother of 6

Thankfully, Mr. Nelson, who humbly refers to himself as “Santa Bob” had the ambition and holiday spirit to connect his network of generous donors to 57 lucky families this season.

“What a beautiful morning we had opening up all these amazing gifts from our Christmas fairies! The kids were in awe of all the gifts and immediately got to playing with them. Thank you for bringing so much joy and cheer to their holiday morning!”

— Army Family of 4

Together, the team of Case Coordinators at Code of Support matched those in need with Santa Bob’s generous donors. The families shared their children’s wish lists, and the donors made dreams come true for these children during this holiday season – a time when we can all agree to help serve those who have served our country so bravely.

“We had an incredible experience with our donors and appreciate it so much. This has been a really hard year and they have blessed us beyond measure. We are so grateful. Thank you!”

— Army Wife and Mother of 2

On behalf of Code of Support, thank you for making this holiday truly magical for each and every child in these families of heroes.

  • Happy child with lego gift
  • happy child smiling with costume on
  • smiling girl with pink skate board
  • smiling girl with baby doll and stroller
  • smiling girl with toy
  • toddler with unopen present
  • smiling boy with new robot toy
  • smiling girl opening Christmas gifts
  • smiling boy playing a drum set
  • Happy child with lego gift
  • happy child smiling with costume on
  • smiling girl with pink skate board
  • smiling girl with baby doll and stroller
  • smiling girl with toy
  • smiling baby with new toy
  • toddler with unopen present
  • smiling boy with new robot toy
  • smiling girl opening Christmas gifts
  • smiling boy playing a drum set

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