What is Sub for Santa?
Every year, hundreds of families from the local community don't have the financial means to provide Christmas for their children. Sub for Santa is a program that finds other families in the community to "sub" in for Santa and bring these families Christmas - it is a truly incredible program that helps so many people every year.
In order for these families to get this assistance, they need to attend one of several workshops hosted by the United Way. In the workshops, documents will be verified to ensure that families with the most need receive help and that they choose appropriate presents for their children. This is where we need your help! Students run these workshops so that these families can get the aid they need. Without us, the program wouldn't be able to do what it does!
One time when I was volunteering at Sub for Santa, I had a man come in that I knew I recognized with his wife and newborn baby. At first I couldn't place how I knew him; but then I realized that I had seen him often in a building on campus that I spent a lot of time. I asked him if he was a student at BYU. He explained to me that he is pursuing a PhD and that he had moved here from Chile. His wife didn't have time to work because she was raising their 3 children and a newborn baby and that their only income was from some of the research he was doing. I realized that this program was helping this man that I see every day on campus and his family and it touched me to know that our volunteer efforts were directly benefiting people right here in Provo, and sometimes even our peers that can't afford Christmas for their children.
-Gary Smithson (2018)