Let's show the world what #FreebsNation is capable of by donating $50,000 to an amazing charity, nominate your choice below! Let's make this our BEST Secret Santa season yet!
If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that FREEBS. ARE. POWERFUL. Period. You jump into action with reckless, wholehearted abandon when our community sees a need.
Our annual Freebs Secret Santa project proves just that.
The 2022 Secret Santa Charity is…..
After reviewing thousands of deserving charity nominations, we decided our charity of choice for 2022 is…
Bithia Family Services out of Pomona, CA!
This is a non-profit organization founded by Keith and Michelle Thompson, that aids in helping foster families and youth transitioning out foster care. They provide resources such as classes, support groups, tutoring, monitored visitations, and physical supplies. Their mission and goal touched us in a way we didn't know possible.
Recently, their resource center was broken into and all of their tangible resources that had been donated were stolen and the center was left in shambles. They rely solely on donations and every single dollar donated will go back into rebuilding their stock and pulling their center back together.
Watch this video to learn more about our goal, Bithia Family Services, and how to help:
Check out this Instagram Reel to learn more about what this amazing non-profit offers their community:
Watch this Instagram Reel about the devastating burglary:
There are three different ways to donate:
- Venmo : Scan the QR code below or search @Bithiahs-FamilyServices or @BithiahsFamilyServices.
2. Donate Here : This is their personal donation page where you can use a credit card.
3. PayPal: Send money to @BithiahsFamily.
WHAT WE ARE DOING THIS YEAR:
We are changing things up (more on why below) and picking ONE organization to spoil rotten. We need your help though, please use the google form below and nominate a nonprofit, Gofundme, school, or really great cause, of your choice, don’t wait though we are only taking submissions through 11/30!
HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
What started on accident in 2016 (no, really! Keep reading!) has snowballed and grown into one of the largest private annual fundraising efforts the internet has ever seen! For years we have accepted nominations (from you!) for those in need, then gathered hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations (from you!), that we individually distribute to hundreds of families each Christmas. It has been one of the most humbling, exciting, awe-inspiring things I've ever been a part of, and somehow, each year has surpassed the last in greatness.
This year, our goal is for our Freebs Secret Santa project to be the biggest and best we've ever seen. BUT…we are doing things very differently. Here's why:
WHY WE'RE SWITCHING THINGS UP:
Over the years, our Secret Santa project has grown to epic proportions. We are a small company, with a small team. And yet, so much money comes pouring in from donations each year, that we are at the point where we would need to officially register as a 501C3 nonprofit organization to continue moving forward with the growth we've been seeing. That sounded like a simple task last year, as this fact was presented to us. And yet, one year later, we realize how extremely complicated this really is. We need much more time to figure out if/how to make that happen.
Not to mention, there were so many nominations (thousands each year), that even spending 60 seconds reading through each one takes us over 33 hours…just to read the nominations! (And trust me, we spend a lot more than 60 seconds on each one – they are all so precious to us). Plus gathering the donations, plus contacting the families, plus donating the money…I now see why large nonprofit organizations have a huge staff to handle it all! We also had trouble donating to people in other countries. We absolutely HATE excluding someone, simply because they don't live in America!
In short—it's grown bigger and more beautiful than we ever expected, and as a result, we feel that this pivot will allow our Freebs Nation community to bless an organization that is doing amazing things in the world, therefore reaching more people than ever before!
WHY SECRET SANTA? HOW DID IT START?
In the last several years, my businesses have been blessed. Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, in 2016 I decided to take the income that ads bring to my site and give it back to some special Freebs in need to help pay for their Christmas.
Not knowing where to start, I turned to you Freebs for nominations and suggestions. Hundreds of nominations poured in within hours, and as I read every one, I was overwhelmed. Blown away. Broken-hearted. Strengthened. (All the feels, basically.) My heart swelled in joy over you good Freebs who took the time to share such stories with me, but also so sad for those who were going through such hard things.
I sponsored three different families and gave them each $500 to help pay for their Christmas. I am still in contact with these sweet families; they have touched my heart to the core. I feel a special bond and connection with them that will (for lack of a less cheesy term…) stay with me forever.
But then, something amazing happened…
FREEBS MAKING MIRACLES HAPPEN
Wouldn't you know… in 2016, you Freebs were also touched by the stories I shared! Donations, none of which I even asked for, poured in and we were able to help 14 MORE families with your additional donations! I can't describe the feeling of going to my PayPal account and seeing so many hundreds of dollars, generously donated.
In 2017, we wanted to give back even more and were able to personally pay for Christmas for five families and you, amazing Freebs, opened your hearts and donated enough to make it possible to give 18 MORE families a beautiful Christmas.
In 2018, we once again personally paid for five family Christmases, and you wonderful Freebs helped us to provide for 28 MORE family donations, meaning we were able to help over 30 families who needed extra love and support during the holidays.
In 2019, this community opened our eyes to what we are capable of! We again provided Christmas for five families and you helped us provide 166 MORE families donations for Christmas. Yes, you read that right! We were able to help 171 families during a time of need.
We thought 2020 might be different because of everything that was going on in the world around us, however, it was the most mind-blowing year so far as we once again invited you to join in our efforts to give back at Christmas time. This Secret Santa tradition we've created humbled us beyond words and we were so excited to pay for five families' Christmas gifts, dinner, and traditions, once again! The Freebs community completely BLEW. US. AWAY. With our donations combined, we were able to help 224 families last Christmas.
THANK YOU! We could NOT do this without you!
YOUR NOMINATIONS AND DONATIONS MATTER
In the last few years, your donations have sponsored so many incredible families' Christmases.
Together, we've helped…
- A family that lost their home in the California campfires.
- Another family had just lost their young husband and father to a tragic heart attack.
- A mother of quintuplets whose husband was deployed (I finally got to meet her, and the sister who nominated her, at Pinners conference).
- Families that had recently lost children and families that had very sick kids in the hospital.
- A mom and her kids that had just fled a domestic abuse situation.
- One year, I was able to pay for Christmas for a young family whose gorgeous mom, Jordin, was terminally ill with cancer. It was her last Christmas and we miss her dearly.
- A pregnant widow.
- Single moms trying to get by while working multiple jobs.
- We were able to help a family of 7 who had been completely uprooted, left their comfortable home, and were living in a small apartment across the country, to give their sweet baby a fighting chance at life. Good news? Julian is doing INCREDIBLE.
We were so touched by all of the stories in 2019 that we have a whole post from our amazing recipients who wanted to say thank you to everyone who donated. You can really make a difference in a stranger's life with just a few dollars in donations. It feels good to help someone out with no strings attached!
This is real life, you guys! I can't begin to tell you the lives we can change.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and love. I can't wait to warm some hearts with you by my side. There is so much good to do.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, FREEBS!
It Jude’s children’s hospital the parents never pay a dime out of pocket for there child’s treatment (mostly the most horrible or rare cancers and Diseases) due to donations and money raising events they have a monster truck ralley every year locally in St Jude’s honor I just couldn’t imagine a better place that to kids who have no choice in the cards they were dealt!!
One Less is a fantastic organization that is working to give orphans homes. This nonprofit has already benefited the lives of at least two children, and with a donation like this, they could help so many more.
I’m Michelle project flowers. I put flowers in 2 major cemeteries here in Mesa, Arizona. I’m always looking for artificial flowers. I filled one cemetery twice and it needs at least 5000 flowers. People grieve the loss of their loved ones at the grave site and it’s so happy to have beautiful flowers in each vase. Thank you.
Horse of Many Colors donated to families who are dealing with cancer. They are able to help take the burden off financially so families can focus on getting healthy. 100% of the proceeds is donated.
Corey Holmgren Memorial Fund
I nominate the Corey Holgrem Memorial Fund, they help so many people get better
I would like to nominate Razom for Ukraine. This year has been very difficult and not easy. I am from Ukraine and I have been in US for 22 years. I love US and all of the opportunities I have but this year Ukraine needs help and Razom for Ukraine is great organization and they helping so many people that is need in Ukraine.
Karen Bates is an amazing mom of 8, full of heart and vision! I would love to nominate her nonprofit, Families Up. Karen’s mother grew up in Mexican orphanages and now Karen and her family have chosen to move to Mexico, buy a plot of jungle land to build a school there. I truly can’t even imagine the kind of faith it is taking to sell their beautiful home and all their belongings to move way out of their comfort zone to help others. They are a great family! Please consider their cause! Mexico.letsfindyourpath.com
Thank you for the secret Santa project. Sometimes I would like to talk to you about helping kids with ocular motor dysfunction or eye-tracking issues preventing them from learning to read.
Hi wonderful people! I would love to nominate the little private school that my children attend: Westchester Christian School here in Pennsylvania. It’s a wonderful school with such dedicated godly teachers but unfortunately it’s severely underfunded and has a lot of students that are attending only because of the limited finance help that individuals have donated to the school. The size of the school has drastically reduced in size compared to even a decade ago. It would such a privilege to see more kids attending a this wonderful school that would otherwise not be able to afford.
Thank you so much for considering donating to this school. May Hod bless all of you.
LEAD Academy is an amazing school that has licensed teachers from Preschoolers through 12th grade. Just recently moved to a new location because it’s an amazing community based school. The new location is great but needs so much work to get everything updated and safe!!! They are open to a diverse group of students. I hope they receive this gift!!!
Idaho Period Project is a great nonprofit. It was started to help pre teens and teens with much needed, free, easily accessible menstruation products. These are needed for free in schools and for the under served at home through schools. Any help would be truly be a boon to many. Thanks for letting me present this to you.
nominate Utah foster care