Sub 4 Santa

Kane County Sub 4 Santa Program

Kane County has taken great care to update the Sub 4 Santa Program in an effort to increase the program’s integrity, intent, and involvement. This year, the County will receive the applicants or nominations, verify the applicants’ need and qualifications, and administer the account for cash donations. However, moving forward the County will rely heavily on the community to refer and shop for the families in need.

Local businesses who are willing to participate can have a tree with ornaments, each listing a child’s age, gender, and size of shoes or clothing. Customers and community members can select as many ornaments as they’d like to do the shopping for. Once they’ve done the shopping, they can return the new, unwrapped item to the participating business. The business will then make sure they received all of the items listed on the ornaments and take all items to the County for the Tourism staff to sort. The County will sort all the donations received for each family and match with the toys provided by the national Toys for Tots program.

The County has set up some new guidelines to ensure that the Christmas assistance isn’t used as an annual subsidy for the same families, but as short-term assistance during special circumstances of family hardship. The new parameters generally offer the assistance for no more than two consecutive years and requires a letter of hardship from organizations or professionals such as a doctor, church leader, school, Workforce Services, Southwest Behavioral Health, Children’s Justice Center, or KCAP.

 “It’s important for the community members to be part of this special program. With the changes made by the events and volunteer team, I feel confident the community will want to re-engage and do more to help our local families in need,” said Camille Johnson Taylor, Kane County Director of Tourism. For those who are unable to do the shopping, the County can still accept cash donations and fulfill the shopping through staff and volunteers.

The new application has a full list of the program guidelines and requirements. The County will begin accepting applications for Sub 4 Santa Christmas assistance on October 1st and continue to accept them as late as December 18th. The earlier that applications are received, the more time the community will have to select an ornament and do the shopping, so early application is encouraged. “Due to the COVID Crisis, we expect that many families have been hit hard this year and we are prepared to make sure kids still get Christmas during these challenging times,” said Amanda Robinson, Kane County Events Assistant and Sub 4 Santa Co-Coordinator.

Children 14 and under are eligible and applicants must be residents of Kane County.

Applications can be picked up at the back door of the Visitor Center, 78 S 100 E, or by clicking Sub 4 Santa Application

Questions can also be emailed to Amanda Robinson or John Jacobs and