Our Annual Secret Santa toy drive has given the children of Chicago a chance to enjoy the holidays and we want to do it again in 2016! Please know that your participation is truly appreciated. Sprouting Leaders hopes to bring joy to those who need it most and expose the younger grades to our name and mentoring program in hopes that they will be a part of our team in the future.

Each student between Kindergarten & 5th Grade will be writing a letter to Santa asking for what they wish to receive. Keep in mind, these kids will be helped by their teacher in writing their letters and are aware that Santa is “on a budget” to be able to help spread the joy evenly among the kids. The letters will be collected from each student and emailed to you, their Secret Santa!


Sign Up to Be a Santa!

Timeline and Dates to Remember

Ready to be a Santa?

Keep an eye out in your inbox. We are going to send regular updates and reminders!

Sign Up to Be a Santa!
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    Sign up to be a Secret Santa

    Nov 1st – Nov 16

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    Receive Letters to Santa & Purchase Gifts

    Nov 17 – Nov 21

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    Collect Gifts

    Nov 21 – Nov 28

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    Distribute Gifts

    Dec 5


Each Secret Santa participant is invited to our Year-End Celebration and will receive 5 FREE Raffle Tickets that will come in handy during our raffle. Check out the page for the event details and RSVP Today!

Watch our highlight video and Sign Up to Be a Santa! today! If you have any further questions please reach out by clicking here.

Help Santa organize and distribute the gifts

Santa’s Workshop is located on 1647 S Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.

If you’d like to help us organize all of Santa’s gifts or help Santa distribute the gifts, please let us know by emailing us at volunteer@sproutingleaders.org.

Remember to keep an eye on your email inbox for any emails from us regarding Secret Santa!

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! We love Santa’s who can support more than one student. The more the merrier!
Definitely! We simply ask that you keep track of your workplace Santa’s to ensure every student who is assigned receives a gift. If there are more than 5 Santa’s participating, we ask that you please help us coordinate with your workplace for easy collection of gifts.
Yep, you sure can! Please allow enough time for delivery so the gift can arrive in time. You can mail all gifts to our office located at 1647 S Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60608. Please be sure to write Sprouting Leaders – Secret Santa.
You bet Rudolph’s nose you can! Everyone will get a “Letter to Santa” from the student but if you forget to pick up the letter when you drop off your gift, you can always swing by our office another day. If you’re out of town, let us know and we will be more than happy to mail you your student’s “Letter to Santa.” Simply email us at volunteer@sproutingleaders.org.
Woah! We ask that all Santa’s try and keep the gifts around $20-$25 so there isn’t a huge variation in gift sizes/values. However, if your inner Santa is feeling more jolly than usual, we can’t say no.

(P.S. Gifts should cost UNDER $25, please do not purchase anything more expensive, even if requested, to be fair)

This will be our fourth year doing Secret Santa and we are still trying to figure that out. Just go with it, the kids love ’em.
Although some students may request air hockey tables, a majority usually requests coloring books, pencils, gloves, hats or legos and barbies. If you would like to get more gifts for your student, please try to stay around $20.
Yes! Please let us know by emailing us at volunteer@sproutingleaders.org. Keep an eye out for important dates and emails.