Layaway Santa - 2016

$10,422 of $4,000 goal

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Help do some good this Christmas! Donate to help pay off Layaway items for needy families in Middle GA! (Noon, December 23 deadline)

We are in our fourth year of this holiday giving, and raised over $3000 in 2015. Help us set a new record in 2016!
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Good afternoon everyone! Please click here for our 2017 Layaway Santa campaign link. https://www.gofundme.com/layaway-santa-middle-georgia-2017
When we sat down to plan last years Layaway Santa, we hoped we could raise $4,000 to help children. We could never have imagined the outpouring of support by local businesses, the overwhelming flood of individual contributions, nor our grand total of $10,000.

We know we are just a pass-through for your kindness. Y'all are the ones making sure children in Middle Georgia have a Merry Christmas, and we thank YOU for letting us be a part of that.

When all was said and done we paid off 73 accounts, received more than 100 individual donations, partnered with 8 business, smoked 18 Boston Butts, baked more than a dozen Hummingbird cakes, and sponsored a bowling night. Across 4 Middle Georgia Stores we paid off $10,000 in layaway items, ranging from Star Wars Legos and footie pajamas to bicycles and trampolines. We were also proud to announce we were able to pay off layaway lists at the Base Exchange on Robins AFB, meaning we were able to support military families in this time of giving.

Because of your support, the dedication of our team members, and the coverage by our local media, it will truly be a Merry Christmas for dozens of Middle Georgia families.

I just wanted to let you know that we are ramping up for 2017 and wanted to see if and how you wanted to participate this year. From donating (see link above or here), to sponsoring an event, to joining our team. Just let me know.

I hope this finds y'all well. Don't hesitate to contact me. via email or via cell at 478-361-3507.

Holiday Wishes - Chris Tsavatewa

On Behalf of - The Layaway Santas
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Merry Christmas from Layaway Santa!

When we sat down to plan out this year's Layaway Santa, we hoped we could raise $4,000 to help children. We never could have imagined the outpouring of support by local businesses, the overwhelming flood of individual contributions, nor our grand total of $10,000.

We know we are just a pass through for your kindness. Y'all are the ones making sure children in Middle Georgia have a Merry Christmas, and we thank YOU for letting us be a part of that.

When all was said and done we paid off 73 accounts, received more than 100 individual donations, partnered with 8 business, smoked 18 Boston Butts, baked more than a dozen Hummingbird cakes, and sponsored a bowling night. Across 4 Middle Georgia Stores we paid off $10,000 in layaway items, ranging from Star Wars Legos and footie pajamas to bicycles and trampolines. We’re also proud to announce we were able to pay off layaway lists at the Base Exchange on Robins AFB, meaning we were able to support military families in this time of giving.

Because of your support, the dedication of our team members, and the coverage by our local media, it will truly be a Merry Christmas for dozens of Middle Georgia families.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/midgalayawaysanta We’ll also be posting pictures from this year, and it’s the place where we’ll announce the start of next year’s effort! If you are interested in starting a Layaway Santa franchise in your town or joining our Macon team next year, please reach out to us midgalayawaysanta@gmail.com. We’d love to have you join us, and we’re happy to share our experiences to help you get one up and running.

Until then, here are links to some of the media coverage we received this year.

http://www.macon.com/news/local/article122719144.html

http://www.gatewaymacon.org/about-macon-ga/blog.cms/post/194/Layaway%20Santa%202016

http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/layaway-santas-payoff-accounts-at-robins/377541502

http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/central-ga-group-aims-to-pay-off-layaway-accounts-for-christmas/372147387

http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/layaway-santa-percentage-day-at-pin-strikes/372328814

http://www.41nbc.com/2016/12/22/layaway-santa-organizers-get-big-surprise/

http://www.41nbc.com/2016/12/14/local-businesses-join-forces-layaway-santa-campaign/

http://wgxa.tv/news/local/macon-mayhem-pin-stripes-collect-donations-for-gift-program

Thank you, all, from Layaway Santa.
A few of our team members at Kmart
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Good evening !We know our Layaway Santa posts are probably getting repetitive, but we wanted to say thanks again to you for donating! We're doing well - we just hit $2655 and have a week left. We hit Roses Wednesday evening for our first big payoff and will post updates. If you haven't heard we've had great support from some local business worh sponsorships and donation jars , something new to our arsenal that we hope to continue for years to come.

We also wanted to quickly ask if we could get y'all to help out on a more personal level. We're getting a lot of likes and even hundred of shares and views , but we all know those don't translate to dollars. There are 185 people that like our FB page but we only have 55 donors, so far.

If you would be willing, might you consider posting something on our Facebook page about WHY you donated? (And it can't be "b/c Chris or someone's from the Layaway Santa family told me to. HA!) It could be a treasured Christmas memory and you wanted other children to experience it. Or it's because you work with children in your own lives. Something personal that would encourage others to do the same. Then tag @midgalayawaysanta and the gofundme link. Thanks, again, for the donations! We really think we can hit $4,000 this year! That would mean we raised more than 9k in four years. Happy Holidays and thanks again from the entire team.
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Thank you! Thank you Thank you ! We just crossed over the halfway point!! $2,135 towards our goal of 4,000 in just 13 days is a significant accomplishment. Thank you for sharing and liking our page. If you have an idea you'd like to share with us to help us reach our goal - we encourage you to share it. We've had people offer to put out donation jars, bake cakes, smoke butts, and more. No idea is to ridiculous to raise money for the kids.

Please read the following Frequently Asked Questions below and feel free to email us at midgalayawaysanta@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

What is Layaway Santa?
Layaway Santa is a small group of friends in Macon, GA who annually raise money to pay off delinquent or abandoned layaway accounts containing Christmas toys at local retailers.

But WHO is Layaway Santa?
We prefer the spirit of anonymity, but you can see one of the founder’s names on the GoFundMe page (because he’s too dim to figure out how to remove it). Regardless, this is a legitimate charity effort in its fourth year. Last year we raised over $3,000 ($5,000 to date) to pay off layaway items, and hope to set a new record again this year!

We’re Santa Claus.

Seriously, I’m not giving my money without knowing who’s managing it. Who are you people?
Fair enough. We’re Macon citizens dedicated to the proposition of random acts of kindness.

John Roberts (JR) works at the ASUN Conference, a NCAA Division I athletic conference headquartered in Macon. He launched Layaway Santa three years ago after reading some articles about other people around the country doing something similar. He believes that human beings have a limitless capacity to help each other, and just need the opportunity to do so presented to them.

Chris Tsavatewa (Chippy) works at Middle Georgia State University and serves on the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health. He enjoys long walks on the beach, eggnog, Hall and Oats... Wait wait wrong bio... An engaged citizen and champion convenor of talent, he joined JR in the inaugural effort, and it’s largely due to his reminders, perseverance, and tenacity that Layaway Santa continues today.

Chris Floore (no nickname needed) manages public relations and communications for the Macon-Bibb County government. He talks and writes...a lot. Pretty much nonstop from the moment he wakes up until he falls asleep. (He’s like a toddler, really, in that aspect.) Having resisted Chippy on one of his six dozen other side projects, he couldn’t say no to this one when he called and said, “you should do this.” Floore (see...no nickname needed) may grumble and yell ‘Bah Humbug’ while hanging lights on his house, but he wants to make sure as many kids as possible have a magical Christmas and parents aren’t stressed by how they are going to pay for it.

Lee Greenway (no cool nickname) works at Middle Georgia State University and is in his second year helping the cause. As a designer of picture-type imageizations and a word-writer with skills of languageness, he was happy to lend a hand or two to Layaway Santa when Chippy asked. He remembers the Christmases of his childhood and the joy of opening up that just-right present - and wants to do what he can to make sure middle Georgia kids are all able to experience that same joy.

Kristyn Boothe (K-Bizzle - Just kidding. No nickname here.) works for Comcast Spectacor as the Director of Corporate Partnerships and is in her first year helping the cause. As a Mom and general sucker for everything Chippy asks if she wants to help with, she is psyched about making this year bigger than years before and helping even more families. She will never forget getting her first Barbie dream house for Christmas or tugging on Santa’s beard at the mall to make sure he was real, and believes all kids should experience the amazing magic that is Christmas.

Mindy Hart (Mind-a-licious) is the editor and publisher for Gateway Macon by day and Director of Lego Creativity by night. She kicks butt and chews gum and is all out of gum. In her sophomore year helping out with Layaway Santa, she is at the mercy of her friends, family and social networks to make this year’s Layaway Santa the best year ever so that all the children in Central Georgia can experience the joy and wonderment of Christmas morning.

Robert Fisher (BBQ Santa for this campaign) is a local food guy. He is the mastermind behind Mama Honey’s Hiney Rub. His passion for food benefits a majority of the people who know him. Rarely does he hesitate to feed everyone who stops by his home. This action speaks to why he’s involved in Layaway Santa, it’s because even volunteers need to eat. Oh, and he was a kid once, too...so there’s that.

There are several other people involved...but they are too busy helping people to write a short bio...but take it from us… they are cool and legit :)

OK, I like you guys. What if you raise TOO much money and there aren’t enough accounts for all the money you have?

We like the way you think! But if there aren’t enough layaway accounts on hand on the day we get to be Santa Claus, there are MANY charities in our area that support children at Christmas, and the funds will go to them. This is about supporting children at Christmas, and that’s what we’re going to do.
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Marti Venn
29 months ago

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