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About Secret Santa
The Secret Santa Project, an initiative of the non-profit Make Mineral Wells Great Again, Inc., organizes a charitable donation drive each Christmas to provide gifts for local children of hardworking employees nominated by their employers in the Mineral Wells area. Through the kindness and generosity of local businesses and individuals, we are able to provide new toys for little ones, gift cards to clothing stores for teens, and recognize those who work hard to provide for their families. Sign up for our newsletter to see what Brad Jones and the rest of the team are up to!
We are currently seeking recipient nominations for hardworking individuals in the Mineral Wells and surrounding areas in recipients of Secret Santa this year. Many families work hard for $8.00 to $15.00 per hour raising children and having to deal with the financial burden of providing gifts to their children under the tree. These great people typically do not ask for help and rarely accept any help. We deliver gifts to them not as a handout, but rather appreciation for their contributions to their employers and community. The "secret" component keeps confidentiality as an utmost importance, so the donors and the nominees all remain anonymous! When the gifts are delivered to the nominated individuals, we simply show our love and appreciation for their hard work as a thank you to our community.
If you have someone that lives in the Mineral Wells area that would be a good recipient of Secret Santa meeting this criteria, please fill out the nomination below.
Secret Santa Project!
The Secret Santa Project, through our wonderful supporters, generous donors, toy drive participants, and many tireless volunteers helped serve more families than ever in Mineral Wells and the surrounding areas. This year, we're gearing up to serve even more families.
By providing for placement of toy drive collection boxes on their campuses, Mineral Wells ISD was an instrumental partner in generating a large amount of donations. We are thankful for their participation and be on the lookout soon after Thanksgiving for these toy drive donation boxes at our Mineral Wells local schools to donate new, unopened toys! All donated toys will be due by Friday, December 13th.
The Secret Santa Project would not be made possible without our local businesses supporting this great cause. Last year, we were able to host 'The First Annual Hot Sauce Challenge' in which a local hot sauce company, Ol’ Gringo Chile Co., partnered with us for a hot sauce challenge fundraiser, held at The Market at 76067, a new shopping venue in our historic downtown. Contestants tested their taste buds to eat a variety of hot sauces and outlast the competition, all for a good cause! We greatly appreciated the money raised from last year's fundraiser to support the Secret Santa Project, and we are excited to announce that this is a returning event! Mark your calendar, 'The Second Annual Hot Sauce Challenge' is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th from 12 noon to 2 pm at a new location this year! Since we had such a great turnout at last year's fundraiser, we have more space at our new venue location at The Warehouse located at 201 W Hubbard St in Mineral Wells (located directly behind Coffee and Cocktails 76067). We hope you will make plans to attend this year's Hot Sauce Challenge! Admission is free with a donation of a new, unopened toy! Follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MMWGA for updates!
In 2018, the Secret Santa Project surprised 170 local kids with 53 brand new bikes, 41 clothing store gifts cards valued at $50 each, and bags full of new toys. This resulted in 25 carloads of surprise deliveries to deserving kids and their hardworking parents.