The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was a part of Greece but is now the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his entire inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made the Bishop of Myra. While still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
Most children in third world countries have never heard the name of St. Nicolas or Santa Claus. December 25th is not a day to receive presents or celebrate the Christ Child’s birth. It is a day like any other, filled with humiliation and hunger, shame and sickness.
Children sponsored by God Loves Kids in these countries are blessed. For them, Christmas is a day of joy and celebration, of feasting, and yes, PRESENTS! Most of them come from families that are too poor to afford even daily bread. Thanks to their sponsors, they will have a Christmas gift. They are shown the “reason for the season”. This year, you can be the “real” Santa Claus to a needy child. Your sponsored child will receive his or her Christmas gift in Christ’s name as tangible evidence of God’s love. We also need special people to be the “real” Santa to unsponsored children.4