"A True Christmas" Project

$1,475 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 47 months
Philippe Cândido  LOWELL, MA


Can you imagine being a kid and not receiving a single present from Santa?  In Brazil, millions of children that live in the favelas "shanty towns" of Brazil do not receive a single present on Christmas day. 


I would like to invite you to make sure that these impoverished Brazilian children receive a present on Christmas day.  Together, we can support the project "A True Christmas" by raising funds to buy simple but meaningful presents for the children.  Plastic soccer balls, dolls and trucks will be given out to the children on Christmas day. 


Your contribution, any amount, will make a tremendous difference.  A $2 donation, for instance, is enough to buy presents for 3 children!  My uncle started this project in 1997 and I have had the fantastic opportunity to help out many times while I lived in and when I visited the country.  Please check out the video below of when we were featured at a Brazilian TV station.  Also, please check out a link to previous year's pictures.




Note:  All funds raised here will be sent to my uncle in Brazil to buy presents for the children.  He started this project with family, friends and friends of friends in 1997.  This is not tax-deductible.  My idea is that this personal fund will make it easier for my friends to donate to this project organized by my family. Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will keep everyone updated with pictures and videos from the day of the event!  

Thank you for your consideration.  Happy Holidays!


About "A True Christmas" Project


On Christmas day since 1997, my uncle Heleno Doria dresses up as Santa Claus and gives gifts to approximately 3000-5000 impoverished children of the city's favelas.   Heleno collects donations from family, friends, and friends of friends to buy simple but meaningful gifts for the impoverished children.  For most of the children, the presents from "A True Christmas" are the only gifts they will receive on Christmas day.  These are children from very impoverished families that can barely afford to put food on the table. 

The last time I helped Santa was on Christmas day in 2007.  This was one of the best experiences in my life.  It is touching to see how a dollar plastic doll/ plastic soccer ball can make Christmas the best holiday for these children. Unfortunately, many kids still do not receive a present due to the increasing economic inequality in the country.


The Fire department provides a fire truck for Santa and the helpers.  I have been one of the helpers and we throw candy, wave to the children, and make stops inside three different shanty town communities. The police escorts the fire truck, the trucks with all the gifts and all the family and friends that follow the trucks with their cars to help out organize the lines during the stops.

This project has no connections with politics whatsoever in Brazil and works strictly on donations from people who want to see the children smile on Christmas day!

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Update 8
45 months ago

A True Christmas - NBC Boston Interview


Thanks again to everyone and we will start again in October! Have a good 2013

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Update 7
46 months ago

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Below is the link to all of the wonderful pictures of the event this year. This was one of our most successful years. This would not have been possible without your support!

Also, I was invited for an interview with NBC-Boston tonight. This will be a great opportunity for us to get more people involved to join us for next year. I will keep you posted.

Thank you very much for all of your help.

p.s. Check out the shout out we received from the organizers and volunteers of the event...
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Update 6
46 months ago

Hello Friends,

Please check out our blog so you can see how we are preparing for Christmas!

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Update 5
47 months ago

Thank you very much to everyone! As of now, we have completed the fundraiser and approximately 2,200 children will be receiving a presents from their U.S.A. Friends! I will keep everyone posted with the pictures and videos of the event. Thanks for helping us reach (and exceed) our goal :)

Happy Holidays to you and your family!
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$1,475 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 47 months
Created November 25, 2012
Philippe Cândido  
William Mosakowski
47 months ago

From Boston to Brazil...one Christmas Spirit.

Marcela Vilela
47 months ago

Merry Christmas!!!

47 months ago
Doug Grapski
47 months ago
Ivy Sims
47 months ago
Ruth Quirion
47 months ago
Samantha Vidal
47 months ago

Great cause, Philippe!

Miguel Salaman
47 months ago
Laura Scott
47 months ago
Garrett Abrahamson
47 months ago

Thanks Philippe!

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