SignUpGenius Real Life Saint Nick Contest
Tell Us about A Good Ol' Saint Nick for a Chance to Win!
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Here at SignUpGenius, we're known for our genius ideas that make your life a little easier. Once again this holiday season, we're getting in the spirit by offering you a chance to win a Visa gift card for yourself and one for someone special. Do you know a real life Saint Nick? Tell us about a person in your life who has been generous to those in need, and you’ll be entered to win a gift card for yourself and one for your good Ol’ Saint Nick. At SignUpGenius… we're shining a light on those who care for others!
1st Place: A $300 Visa gift card for your real life St. Nick, and $50 for you!
PLUS, the first 20 entries will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card!
How to Enter:
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Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:33 AM EST
This page is from our 2013 contest. We'd love for you to submit an entry for 2016 here:
Posted by Jack Skelly on Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:35 PM EST
Sheelah Malagrida is a friend, mentor, volunteer extraordinaire, hostess, cheerleader, and so much more! She loves to help others, but is not usually the "chairperson" or "officer", but rather the worker bee, behind the scenes, making sure that the event or activity is accomplished without a glitch. When I saw this contest I immediately thought of Sheelah, and how she is often the "wind beneath my wings"! Please help me recognize her for all that she does for us and our community! She often says, "I appreciate you", and now I want to show her how much we appreciate her!
Posted by Rajee Pandi on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:50 PM EST
I am not working. I did best to donate $250 to St.Jude's hospital every year. I have donated my biggest win $5000 to Children's Hospital. I love to help needy people. I am very sad not having my mom's support. She always suppressed me and so I stayed away from her for 10 years
Posted by Terry Madden on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:43 PM EST
My only Santa was my Dear husband he is playing another role for me now as my guardian angel. While here he was a angel on earth to many as a policeofficer. He was my Santa he made all my dreams in Love come true. The greatest gift of all Love I was blessed.
Posted by Trisha McKee on Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:57 PM EST
My real life Saint Nick is my best friend Erin, because she has given me the gift of honesty and the push o stand on my own two feet. She loves me enough to ensure I know my own worth and not rely on anyone to be my backbone. That is a true gift.
Posted by Barbara Howard on Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:14 PM EST
Like Saint Nicholas, barely 5 ft. in height, everyone recognizes Mary Ann in her sleigh, a tan Chevy Colorado, as she spreads hope throughout the Florida Keys. Sustaining families in the Keys, Mexico, and Honduras, acquiring housing for a desperate family of 8, administering eye drops to an elderly boat dweller, driving 2 hrs. 2 days a week to mentor the children’s choir, she works 24/7 – a Wonderworker. Trading Myra for Marathon and the Mediterranean for the Atlantic, this real life St. Nick is fueled by the same Spirit.
Posted by Mary Freburger on Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:46 PM EST
My real life Saint Nick is my husband Kodie of only 9 months. He saved my 2 children and I from a abusive marriage that I was in. He gave us love and showed us how a man is suppose to treat a women. He works hard everyday to care and provide for me and his 2 step-daughters. He gives my 2 girls love and gave them a family again! He gave us love and happiness. He gave My kids and I a whole new life and I could never thank him enough.
Posted by Maureen Gendron on Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:16 PM EST
We use Signup Genius to track pledges for kitties at a rural animal shelter in Arizona. One of our supporters, Nancy, donates to almost every kitty that is rescued. Whether she is able to donate a lot or a little, or just sharing the kitties and celebrating when they are rescued, she is always there to help them. We would love for Nancy to win this contest, as a “thank you” for all she has done for the kitties, and for us. She is a completely selfless person, and that, to us, is a real life Saint Nick!
Posted by Hannah McNally on Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:31 PM EST
My real life St. Nick is my Gram. She passed away in July of this year, so this was the first Christmas without her. When she was here, she made Christmas so special - always getting each of us a meaningful gift, and just stopping all through the hustle and bustle of the season to tell us she loved us. Miss her every day.
Posted by Lyn T on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:15 AM EST
my real life nick is giving help to the ones that needed food, assistance toys for kids and help at the people that i know that needed help at the survivor of the haiyan typhoon
Posted by Barbara Ramirez on Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:42 PM EST
I spent my 30's working raising my teens, my 40's taking care of parents,and my 50's alone and living on SSD. I had to go live in rooming houses as they were the only places I could afford at $100 a wk. Drama, restrictions, fear was what I found. I was very alone. I met my landlord 2 1//2 years ago. He took me in and now I feel like it is my home too. He treats me kindly and is my best friend..yet we live and let live. He erased that insecurity of never feeling like I was "home."
Posted by Hanadia Roby on Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:57 PM EST
I don't have any saints in my life but I am surrounded by some pretty incredible people. I guess my St. Nick would be my mother. The sacrifices of a lifetime is why I'm writing this today. She saved my life when I was addicted to over the counter drugs, she supported me long after I'd reached the age of consent and she's an amazing grandmother. My mother went to the mattresses for me: help me return the favor. Shower my mother with gifts I can not afford and I will be forever grateful
Posted by Tricia Jorke on Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:30 AM EST
My friend, Van, is a real St. Nick. He works in an inner city homeless shelter. Many of the people there have untreated mental health issues and often they medicate themselves with drugs and alcohol. Many have criminal pasts. Some become violent. I have seen him put himself between a cop's gun and a homeless person. I've seen him calm the angry, bandage the bloody, feed the hungry and clothe the near naked with his own resources. He treats them with dignity and respect, irregardless of how they look, smell, sound or may have done.
Posted by Sharon Merritt on Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:07 PM EST
The homeless and hungry find help they so desperately need through the sacrifice and caring efforts of my dear friend Amy. Amy is a real St. Nick. She saw a need in her community and brought it forward to her church. Then with their blessings, created and now runs a weekly food pantry / clothing distribution center called West Avenue Compassion (WAC). With the help of volunteers, WAC (a non-profit) services over 150 people weekly. Through her dedication, ability to network with local food banks and businesses, many hurting people experience a true "Christmas" spirit throughout the year.
Posted by Dacquiri Connors on Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:13 PM EST
Lori Heidenry is a real-life St. Nick. She is a wonderfully giving and caring community leader. She is always generous with her time and with three children that is no small feat. This year alone she coordinated gifts and food for many families in Hoboken that would not have had food or gifts. She consistently organizes events to better the community and help others.
Posted by Cathy McAlister on Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:03 PM EST
Laura Norton is a living example of St. Nick. She serves as a counselor at a Title One campus where she assures that students have what they need to be academically successful. She lost both of her parents to cancer. Instead of shutting down, she spoke up to raise awareness about this brutal illness which comes in many forms. She works diligently to raise funds to help eradicate this disease in our lifetime. You will receive many comments about saintly acts that are worthy of recognition. Thank you for providing a forum to recognize people for acts of kindness.
Posted by Cindy Loucks on Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:42 PM EST
Roxanne is a year round Saint Nick. She volunteers with an organization that helps jobless people turn their lives around. She mentors people for 18 months during this process. She works nearly full time and then contributes many hours to help people get back into jobs and be contributing members of society. She offers rides to the grocery store, to church, to the doctor, she arranges for Christmas family pictures to be taken and then pays for the prints to be made! She includes this person in her own family activities to show them a well rounded way to live.
Posted by Jennifer Queen on Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:17 AM EST
My grandmother, Carole, is a real life St. Nick year round. She is very involved with all of her family, donates to her church, and always thinks of others before herself. She constantly gives and does not ever expect to receive anything in return. She is a cancer survivor who faced cancer with the same seriousness that she takes care of her family. She has been a truly inspiring role model for me!
Posted by Caroline Todd on Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:22 PM EST
My sister Jacqueline and her husband Dave are real life St. Nicks. Before their son Andrew passed away from leukemia, their family was granted a wish from the Dream Factory to go to Disney World. This was one of the most positive family memories they have of Andrew's short live. Now, every January, the month of Andrew's birthday, Jacqueline, Dave and their two sons, Phillip and John, use the money they raise all year to grant wishes for other children battling cancer. They do this in memory of Andrew. What true spirit of giving my sister has!
Posted by Andrea McGrath on Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:02 PM EST
I nominate Janet Duff. She purchases over 35 hams from our school’s ham sale at Christmas and Easter and donates them to needy families through our St Vincent dePaul Society. By purchasing through our sale, she is also helping out our school families (who have to raise over $700 per year in fundraising). At about $10 per ham, that really adds up! It's a win, win, win for everyone!! She was also an awesome emcee and cheerleader for our Chili Cookoff/Silent Auction where we raised over $5,500. God bless Janet Duff, Holy Spirit Catholic School's real life St. Nick!
Posted by Gail Frey on Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:26 PM EST
Joe Walsh I a real life Saint Nick. He does good deeds everywhere he goes, and most times no one knows he is the gift giver. For example, a former colleague had fallen on tough times and was worried about being able to put gas in her car...she found a $50 bill in her gas cover when she opened it...a stack of wood appears at a home of an elderly person, or someone finds their lawn mown or task done that is unexplained. That would be my good friend and Live St. Nick, Joe.
Posted by Carolina Freund on Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:09 PM EST
My real life St. Nicholas is my daughter who is turning 8 years old. Inspired by the real St. NicK helping others in need & wanting nothing in return, our daughter has decided not to have a party nor receive any gifts. Instead she is asking for donations to help children in need. With a little help from me, she set up a page on Firstgiving to receive donations for Save The Children. We are so proud of her.
Posted by Bethany Landis on Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:34 PM EST
My real life Saint Nick is my sister, Bronwen. She is a home school mom and has 4 amazing children. Through out the year she is willing to lend a hand to other families in need by watching their children and taking meals to whomever is in need. This Christmas they are opening their home up to a Ukranian orphan for a month. This boy is 12 years old and does not speak English. But they hope to show him what a real family is like, one that is together and loves each other.
Posted by Dan Chies on Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:46 PM EST
Terah Robinson here at Bluff Creek Elementary in Chanhassen, Minnesota is a Saint Nick every day. She is on four district committees reshaping the entire future curriculum for the district, is one of the first into work, and works extremely hard at differentiating for her students, which range in talents from 1st to 12th grade reading levels. The staff look up to her tech expertise and professionalism. Did I mention this is just her 4th year teaching? She is the future of this school and district.
Posted by Rosemary Martinez on Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:06 PM EST
Gary and Brooke are a husband and wife St. Nick team year round, and they are teaching their boys to do the same! Out of their home each month, they gather friends and family to assemble hundreds of hot meals and hygiene packs for the homeless then deliver on the streets of downtown Dallas. What started out years ago as a small project to teach community service to their children is now up to 300 meals each month. The biggest testament to their actions is seeing the joy on the boys faces as they hand out meals.
Posted by Paul Kleinschmidt on Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:58 PM EST
My partner, Darryl Curty, is my Saint Nick and has been for almost 20 years. I didn't celebrate Christmas for a long time after I was kicked out of my family for being gay. The holidays were very depressing. Then I met Darryl Curty and I learned the meaning of unconditional love. His love and support even brought me and my family back together! He gives without taking. He loves without limits. He makes me want to be a better person everyday. He IS a Saint and because of him I say, "Merry Christmas"!
Posted by Judy Thomas on Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:13 PM EST
Rhonda Weisberg is my St Nick. She helps stray and ferel cats to find permanent, loving homes. She feeds them twice dailyy, making sure they have healthy food to eat. She has set up a warm and cozy space in her tool shed with a heat lamp so they can be warm in cold nights. If possible, she traps them so they can be neutered/spayed. Finding loving homes is her first goal. No one has ever asked her to do this. She took the initiative to help these cats. She helps those who cannot help themselves.
Posted by Stephanie Pickle on Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:00 PM EST
Lisa Rausa is a real life Saint Nick. She started a facebook page to help families in need in our community. She works full time and spends her nights bagging meals, dropping off clothing and making sure that every need is met to help this families have a brighter tomorrow. Since Thanksgiving Bridging the Gap has helped almost 100 families.
Posted by Ann Beall on Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:18 PM EST
My real life Saint Nick is Lucinda Simpson, she is a kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Macon, GA. Lucinda loves and cares for every child that comes through her classroom. She also tutors our 6th grade students after school. The impact she has on these children is tremendous! She supports every activity or event that the school holds and is one of the best cheerleaders SJS has! Her financial gifts to the school and her classroom are many but her spirit is what makes her a real life St. Nick!
Posted by Lisa Wanecek on Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:16 AM EST
The gift of pure friendship is what I have received from my real life Saint Nick, Emilee. The past few years have been a season of life that has brought hardship for my family and I, but Emilee has selflessly helped in small ways that have touched my life immensely.... like babysitting my 3 kids while I went back to school, organizing meals for my family while I recovered from surgery or simply praying with me when I got discouraged. Her support has led to a great job that has provided stability for my family and hope towards moving forward.
Posted by Brenda Bell on Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:01 AM EST
I would like to nominate Robert & Judy O. for thier tireless committment to others.Robert is a pastor and Judy is a nurse.One might say, "that's their job", but I can tell you, what I have seen goes far beyond a job!They do without so others can have, and they have done without plenty!They have taken others into their home and given of everything they have and never complain.When their phone rings, no matter what they are doing, they are off to serve others, even on their daughter's wedding day!They are selfless examples of the meaning of Christmas!
Posted by Lena Hyde on Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:48 AM EST
There is a Real Live Saint Nick, right here in Raleigh, NC. Her name is Kristin Turner. She works at a not for profit preschool. She is a teacher that works in a blended classroom with low income families. She has so graciously given of her time and money to every staff member and family in her classroom. Kristin has bought books for the children in her class, has provided soap and lotion in the staff bathrooms for over 6 months, has brought in a present to staff members on their birthday and volunteered at every event in our school.
Posted by Claudine Piechotta on Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:35 AM EST
My real life St. Nicks are the kids of Gayman Elementary's Kids Care Club. This group of some 85 elementary school students tackle community service projects throughout the year. Creating play boxes for hospitalized children, serving lunch and making and assembling gifts for nursing homes and women's shelters, launching local summer food drives to name a few. With each project they are giving back to the community with hands and hearts. This sort of philanthropy in the young should be commended and fostered, for these are the citizens and grown up St. Nicks of tomorrow.
Posted by Pamela Hooton on Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:41 AM EST
My real-life Saint Nick is my wonderful husband of 3 years. I was a widow for 25 years and this man came along and, literally, saved my life. I was working myself to death to support myself, my kids, and my parents and my health was going downhill. I met him and he started taking my family obligations on himself, little-by-little. When we married we blended his 5 children, my 2 children, and my parents. We are all now one huge happy family with 5 grandchildren. He is my love and my Saint Nick :)
Posted by BEATRIZ MORALES on Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:00 AM EST
For me my mom Martha is a real life Saint Nick every instant, every day, every moment in my life. She works all the time, she is pending of all, of my kids, of my home, of me. She taking a vacations and she helps another persons, helps in schools like a volunteer. Helps to another people with food, with clothing and sometimes with money. She is my favorite Santa.
Posted by Jennifer O'Donovan on Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:13 PM EST
My own St. Nick - I would like to nominate my daughter, Megan. This 12 year old has always been a compassionate and giving girl, and this year is no different. My daughter asked our neighbors not to give her candy but collected canned goods and toiletries for a friend's family in need. She also has received a few early Christmas gifts and has plans to re-gift them to this family. She is always looking out for others and this year she really made us proud.
Posted by Bean Lois on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:47 PM EST
A friend, Synthia Holzclaw, has had a very rough children from being left by her father, her mother dying of cancer, and she being so seriously ill that she had to have homebound schooling her whole life. Yet, always smiling and giving, she works diligently for Breast Cancer, being a team leader each year at Stone Mountain for a week in the fall, and every spring works hard for Relay for Life. She consistently gives back to the community and helps those of all ages.
Posted by Mary Ann Settlemyre on Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:21 PM EST
My mother, Fay Panza, has always been a model of those who make theworld a better place. From the time I was very little I remember my mother taking care of those in need. She never asks for recognition. She puts the needs of others above her own. Whether she is making things for homebound/shut in seniors, taking donations to outreach programs, visiting with anyone who seems to need a smile, volunteering in schools, etc... She truly gives because she sees need, making the world a better place one day at a time. She truly is my favorite Santa.
Posted by Anastasia McNabb on Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:27 PM EST
I would like to nominate my friend and co-worker Susan Wolff. It sometimes seems that there is not a night of the week that she is not volunteering somewhere! In her younger days, she fostered lots and lots of children, and she is incredibly involved with her church, the Rescue Mission, a program for women who have been in jail... She spent a month last summer in Spain, teaching young children and spreading God's word. I don't know of anyone who gives more generously or graciously of her time and talents!
Posted by Nancy Diestler on Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:55 PM EST
Before downsizing in our town, David used to be the Executive Director at the Red Cross. When he lost his job, he wanted to do something to continue to help others. He felt there was a need for helping the firemen and police officers as they battled fires and other situations which required long hours, so he created SWEPT (Southern Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Team), a nonprofit organization that hydrates, feeds, warms/cools, and evaluates the health of those involved in crisis situations. It’s run with the help of wonderful volunteers, and 100% of the donations are used for the emergency workers.
Posted by Christina Hook on Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:17 AM EST
Our real life St. Nicks: our 9 year old son Tanner & 8 year old daughter Caydance. Why? This year they decided on their own to make gift bags w/ helpful personal items, gift cards, food & water & deliver them to random people in need. They are selfless, kind hearted and most of all loving children. Even though they are not part of an organized volunteer group, they have created ways to help others on their own year round. We are very proud of the both of them!!!
Posted by Chester Baer on Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:04 PM EST
My wife is like a real life St. Nick. Nearly five years ago she and I flew to Brazil laden with toys but unlike St. Nick we flew commercial class. My wife had purchased over $700 worth of toys to give to neighborhood children where her parents lived. As in the Cheech and Chong story "Santa Claus and his Old Lady" we evaded customs in delivering our toys. The children is this neighborhood are very poor and families could not afford Christmas gifts. Marta organized a Christmas eve party and distributed all the gifts to the needy ones.
Posted by Haly Murray on Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:28 PM EST
My real life st. nick is Sharon Cottingham. Every year she organizes our school angel tree and makes sure all the students receive gifts and goodies at christmas time. She spends countless hours making sure each kid is accounted for, shopping for gifts, wrapping them up, and delivering them to the families. She also spends the rest of the year organzing our local food pantry.
Posted by Amanda Williams on Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:55 PM EST
My real life St. Nick is Karen Bogard. She gives year-round by leaving bags of groceries on the doorsteps of needy neighbors. On Thanksgiving she prepares plates to delivers to the homeless in Austin. She arranged a donation drive for a family for Christmas when they were too late to apply for help. When she won a prize, instead of keeping the windfall, she passed out cash in the value of the prize to individual people shopping at the grocery store. She inspires me daily to give back and to be cheerful in the giving.
Posted by Shawn Dooley on Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:06 PM EST
Ken Walter is a real life St Nick. He humbly volunteers so much time to the community. He owns WindDancer Balloons & after hearing a story on the news about a woman who received a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride that was never fulfilled for 10 yrs by a company, he swooped in a made the woman's dream come true. There is a link to the news story if interested.
Posted by Shelli Flick on Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:39 PM EST
The real Saint Nick is my mom and GLoma to 4, Gloria Strock. Whether it is watching my 3 children daily, baking for the church, giving school supplies and coats/items to the needy, or the countless other ways she supports our family and community, she is ALWAYS doing for others rather than herself. The most amazing part is that she did/does all of this as a leukemia patient/survivor...through her good days and bad she never falters. She is the true spirit of giving as she never asks for anything in return.
Posted by Crystal Jordan on Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:22 PM EST
I would like to nominate my mother Donna . Its not just at Christmas but all year she gives of herself her time money even sitting with sick family and friends! a very caring person who never ask for anything but would give you anything to help you out . she goes untill she can't even think anymore. Then she sits with all our kids even when you can tell shes tired, she wont tell the kids no, she cant stand to see them sad! We all Love and respect her !!!
Posted by Susan Buettler on Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:38 PM EST
Patty McPhie is an amazing mother of two, PTA parent volunteer, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, church volunteer and paraprofessional at our school. She works endless hours to bring joy to children through these and many other activities. Despite the many loses in her life, and winning her war with cancer, she keeps a positive attitude every day and spreads her love of life to others. Her outlook on life is an inspiration to all who know her.
Posted by Tami Moore on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:54 AM EST
Uncle Lloyd and Stephanie are perfect Saint Nick's, because like Nicholas, they received a prompt from the Lord, and obediently followed it. They sacrificially sent us a check nearing $1,000.00. Little did they know, the day we received the check, I'd prayed to God for help to pay unexpected medical bills, vehicle repairs, and extra fees all due right now, with no income to cover it. They were an amazing answer to prayer, which is exactly what the original Saint Nicholas was to so many.
Posted by Kate Harms on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:53 AM EST
My mom Joan Harms is a real life Saint Nick. She recently retired after spending 38 years working as a pharmacist. She still gets calls from former patients about things to take or not to take. Whenever we are out shopping she always runs into someone who used to be patient. She always takes the time to say hi and make them feel special!
Posted by Dr. Susan Lloyd on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:49 AM EST
The real St. Nick is our school guidance counselor, Sue Grashof. Mrs. Grashof quietly and compassionately helps countless families in our school community. Whether she is filling backpacks with food for a long weekend, sitting with a father whose wife has just passed, or organizing the annual winter coat collection, Mrs. Grashof always puts the needs of our students and their families ahead of her own. Like the jolly old elf himself, Mrs. Grashof is trusted and loved by students, parents, and staff
Posted by MeiLani Renger on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:31 AM EST
I nominate Brother Bob. He is a Missionary Brother of Charity. ( It is an organization formed from Mother Teresa). He makes no money, can not be married, lives in poverty and his whole life is of service to others. Every Saturday, my six year old Mieko and I make 1000 sandwiches with him to deliver to the homeless on the streets of LA. Brother Bob is an inspiration. He helps the less fortunate, is kind, caring and loving. He helps this world be a better place.
Posted by Heather Rogers on Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:55 AM EST
My real life Saint Nick is one of my best friends Lori Heidenry. Lori raises 3 boys was a class mom two years in a row and she is constantly volunteering at our school. Lori helps chair our annual fundraiser which raised over $100,000 for our school 2 years in a row. Also this season Lori took on 6 underprivileged families and had them make their Christmas lists and she then set up a sign up genius account with what all the children wanted. Lori is constantly thinking about others and how she can help...she is truly an amazing person.
Posted by Heidi Johnson on Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:35 AM EST
I want to nominate 2 of my students, Megan Campany and Kaylee Pressley. They started a community service club and have gotten donations for the battered women's shelter and adopted a family for Christmas. They have done all of this on their own and now a single mom and her 2 sons will be getting TONS of gifts!
Posted by Marci Gordon on Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:27 PM EST
My nominee is Claire Sinclair. She is a kindergarten teacher at Tuscan School in Maplewood, where we've worked together for years. Claire is a wonderful giving person who arranges multiple charity fundraising activities (ie: Pajama Collection, Food Drive,etc.) She has had many personal losses in the past year and keeps smiling and posting her wonderful uplifting blog.
Posted by Sonya Estes on Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:20 PM EST
My son, Ben is 11 and is so generous with everything he has and is always thinking of others. His school collected donations to provide Christmas for 10 families. He said, "Mommy, I want to donate all my money because there might be kids that wake up on Christmas with nothing under the tree. They would wonder why Santa didn't come to their house." He got his wallet and counted $81.00. He put it in a baggy and wrote "Christmas money for families". His teacher asked "Do your parents know you're giving all your money?" He said, "Yep". Merry Christmas!
Posted by Dawn Zucca on Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:50 PM EST
Grant is a real life St. Nick. At the age of 12 he began growing vegetables for a food bank. A year later he felt he should do more so in addition to the food he raises he built a network of farmers and gleans their fields after they finish harvesting. He regularly delivers fresh produce by the pick-up truck load to the food bank. A senior in high school he has worked with an attorney to establish his childhood vision as a nonprofit. After college he plans to enter the Peace Corp to continue to serve those in need.
Posted by Jackie Popick on Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:09 PM EST
My nomination if for Susan Ross. She has set up meal for a dear friend Sindy Christopherson who is battling stage 4 cancer. Susan always just shows up for those in need. Through Sign-up Genius our community sees the love that is poured into the Christopherson Household. However if it were not for Susan and her organization of these efforts all would be less. So my Vote is for Susan who is a true friend to all.
Thank you Jackie Popick
Posted by Kelly Gardner on Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:06 PM EST
My real life St. Nick is my student, Becca. Becca gives so much of her time to help people in need. She is actively involved in our Interact and Thirsting to Serve clubs. She raises money every year to provide clean water for people in the La Romana, Dominican Republic and she travels there every year to meet the people and install biosand water filters. She pays for all of this on her own, even though she is only 17 years old. She inspires me to be a better teacher every day.
Posted by Jen Levito on Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:57 AM EST
I nominate my Mom. She has 4 kids and cares for us 24/7 while still taking care of our house and working from home. She volunteers at our school and church where she cooks meals for the sick. She started an annual donation for breast cancer patients and delivers "goodie" bags to patients at our local hospital. She donates 9 inches of her hair every year to Locks of Love. She volunteers throughout the community whenever possible - coaching, coordinating, ect.
Posted by emily rosado on Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:35 AM EST
My real life St.Nick would be my fiance. We met in March of this year when i was a month pregnant. He accepted my child and me with no questions asked. He has showed me what true love feels like.He has been with me through this whole pregnancy and now she is almost 2 months old.He looks at our daughter as his and loves her unconditionally.He works very hard and has for 26+ years and continues to, to make sure we both have all we want and need.He has truly been a blessing from god.
Posted by Stephanie Gauthia on Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:34 PM EST
My husban is my real life Saint Nick. He is not only an amazing husband/father who has a generous heart to anyone in need. From the children he works with to making strangers smile. He has a heart of gold and wants everyone to shine. Although life hasn't handed him an ideal deck of cards he still finds a way to make the best out of a bad situation.
Posted by Lisa Solazzo on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:01 AM EST
Marilena Cugini is a busy self-employed mother of 4. Marilena just had her home broken into $50,000+ worth stolen; burglars haven't been caught nor items returned. A week later in the midst of her being scared and sad, she began working on a Christmas gift program for families with children with stage 4 cancers. She collected many gifts and gift cards. She delivered items to the families to help them in their situation. She left there telling me that her situation didn't even count when you see how sad it is for these families.
Love this Real Life Saint Nick...Marilena!
Posted by Susan Lauer on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:10 PM EST
My St. Nick is Dawn, another teacher at my school. I went to her to coordinate a teachers jeans day to raise funds for one of my students who is having heart surgery soon. She went one step further and got our students involved. Rather than the $200 I was hoping to give the family, so far we have $1,700 to off set expenses not covered by insurance!
Posted by Lisa Woodard on Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:57 PM EST
I nominate Jennifer Long who works as CCR teacher in the elementary school where I work. She is a devoted wife and mother. She started a foundation, My Brother's Keeper, to help prevent suicide and helps needy families who have lost children in car accidents or need a little financial help. She boosts respect and appreciation among teachers in our building, helping them in turn to give our best to our kids, the future of America. She takes what starts off looking bad and turns it into good. Jennifer Long is the epitome of Random Acts of Kindness.
Posted by Tracy Adams on Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:46 PM EST
I would like to Nominate Amy as a real live St. Nick. She is so giving of her time, skills, and caring. She volunteers at Meals for Wheels and the Ronald McDonald House. She is someone I look up to for her caring, her joyfulness, and her positive attitude. Please reward her.
Posted by Sue Collins on Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:57 PM EST
My grandson with Autism, Tommy's para Catherine Fuller goes above and beyond. He had to have dental surgery and she had an auction for him. She paid for the facility out of her own pocket. During the summer she comes and takes him to lunch and gives Tommy's mom a break. She is so giving of her time and treasure and I'd like to reward her.
Posted by joshua Balmaseda on Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:42 PM EST
Heather Balmaseda, my mother, has helped me a great deal this last year. my first year of college has not been easy but she's guided me though it without a single complaint.
Posted by Jen Mayo on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:10 AM EST
My friend Shauna is a real life St. Nick every day. Several years ago she started a program that sends sacks of food home with hungry school children over the weekends. The program has grown to serve 350+ students every week. Last fall Shauna was diagnosed with stage 3 aggressive breast cancer. Despite ongoing grueling treatments (chemo, radiation, surgeries) & exhaustion, Shauna continues to coordinate food deliveries every week.
Posted by Rhnee O'Brien on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:01 AM EST
I would love to nominate Charlie and Traci Hines. They never hesitate to assist friends and family in need. They helped raise money for a friend who lost her husband and helped her get a new car, make necessary repairs to her family home, and help them find their footing after their loss. They selflessly donate time, money, energy, everything they have to those in need. They strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. I would love to bless them just a fraction of how they've blessed myself and those around them.
Posted by Susan Martin on Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:40 AM EST
My neighbor Laura Fish and her family have adopted a grandma, who is raising 6 grandchildren, for Christmas. The children range from 2 to 13 years of age. Grandma is doing a terrific job raising her grandkids and the grandkids are so grateful to have a home with her. Grandma wanted nothing for herself, but the Fish family is not only playing Santa to all the children, but giving grandma’s bedroom a makeover, and making sure the family has a fabulous Christmas meal.
Posted by Paige Laine on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:58 AM EST
My daughter Shelby wanted all her friends at her 8th birthday party, but she knew she did not need the gifts. She asked everyone to bring shoes for Soles 4 Souls instead and really encouraged her friends to gather as many shoes as they could. Four huge boxes of (mostly brand new) shoes were shipped to the organization to distribute around the world. Her "elf" brought her canned food to take to the the food bank, and she often exclaims "It feels so good to give!" At age 8 1/2, she already gets the true meaning of Christmas.
Posted by Lindsay Baronoskie on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:49 AM EST
Diana Baker has been giving to kids in need ever since she helped start Kids U, a non-profit that offers free tutoring programs designed to provide the low-income apartment community in Dallas with after-school academic support and safe environments for their children. Not only does she give everything of herself year-round in the program, but during the holidays she encourages the community to adopt these kids so that they will receive much needed clothing, coats and even toys during the holidays. Diana is truly like St. Nick as she gives to those in need.
Posted by Debbie Driscoll on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:46 AM EST
The youth at my church are real life "St Nicks". We are collecteing donations and wrapping them up for families who have babies at the NICU at our local hospital. The kids are super excited to help others especially during the holidays!
Posted by Paul Tyree on Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:08 PM EST
Arlene Tyree (my loving and very caring mother) does many things including sending greetings and other types of cards, notes and messages to many people who are in the hospital, sick,depressed,have lost a loved one/friend, and for many, many other various reasons all year round. She cares enough to let anyone know that someone cares enough about them not to let them be ever forgotten. She makes others feel special and loved by the many things that she shares and writes to each about.
Posted by Lynn Nielsen on Mon Dec 9, 2013 4:46 PM EST
Angela is a St. Nick to all the dogs at Northern California Pit Bull Rescue. She started the rescue in her home, with her whole family of elves and lots of foster-elves to take in dogs. Two years ago she expanded the rescue to a shelter facility, and this year 700 dogs were placed in new homes. All those dogs say "Thank you St. Nick, for our first Christmas at our new homes!"
Posted by Lois Kiecker on Mon Dec 9, 2013 12:17 AM EST
I would have to say I am a great St Nick. I am good at paying for the person behind me in the drive-thrus . And was at the bank over heard a young man tell the cashier could you please count money in this jar for me my baby needs diapers. I asked my cashier to hurry with my transactions so I could help this man with more money . I waited out by the front door , he came out and I handed him 40.00 dollars and have a wonderful day.
Posted by kris anderson on Sun Dec 8, 2013 5:19 PM EST
my mom is a real life st nick. It has been passed on from her mom. It is not just during the holidays, but especially during the holidays. No kid should be forgotten.
Posted by Ret Fortuna on Sun Dec 8, 2013 12:03 PM EST
A person who is in a group I belong to is a real St. Nick. Whenever he finds out that someone is in difficulty, he helps with funds, buys secretly what they need, calls with support and is a rock for everyone.
Posted by paula skeans on Sat Dec 7, 2013 12:59 PM EST
My mom is my real life St. Nick she is always doing for others and never herself. She works long hr in a VA medical center taking care of veterans she loves. Please pick my mom
Posted by Tina Anderson on Fri Dec 6, 2013 10:45 PM EST
My real life Saint Nick is my boss! He plays Santa for many charities and families. His wife (Mrs. Santa) drives him around to play Santa for lots of families. He is great to me and my family and is the best dad and grandpa to his immediate family also. He serves many community organizations and donates generously. He is very deserving and I would love to give him this special gift! He always has a great attitude and he does have the rose cheeks. Let's just say Saint Ralph would be his name.
Posted by Daphne Starke on Thu Dec 5, 2013 11:18 PM EST
Win soon before christmas morning?
Posted by janet aycock on Thu Dec 5, 2013 3:49 PM EST
my real live saint nick is the Russellville firemen who collect toy for those needing help at Christmas. they need all of the help that they can get.
Posted by Christine burd on Thu Dec 5, 2013 2:05 PM EST
My daughter Brienne doesn't have much money but she is the most generous person I know with her time. Not only did she volunteer at the food bank and while attending college and working full time , but she also applied for the peace corp and worked in Jamaica for 2 1/2 yrs. She has started school gardens, worked community farms, and helped at the women's shelter.
Posted by cherrie b on Thu Dec 5, 2013 1:49 PM EST
My real life saint nick is my husband we have weathered the storm together through everything. He helped us escape a very abusive church organization and now we have our freedom.
Posted by Daniela Orozco on Thu Dec 5, 2013 1:33 PM EST
My father, Victor Negrete, is my real life of St. Nick! He's worked so hard so we'd had a tummy full of food, he knew what it was not to eat. Victor came to U.S.A. for a better future, and he never again had an opportunity to see his mother. He has 23 years without seeing his brothers/sisters. He has and will continue giving up everything for his kids and grandkids, a real daddy! He has heart and other physical problems that are making it hard for him to work.
Posted by Rhonda Caston on Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:42 PM EST
My real life St. Nick is my husband. He is always the go to guy in our lives. Driver, Cook and Counselor. We can always count on him to get us out of a jam and to keep us encouraged when things don't turn out like we want it to. Just the other day, he suggested we make ham sandwiches and give them to the kids we pick up for church; so they can have something to eat. A Great Saint Nike that loves not only his immediate family, but extended family as well.
Posted by Julie Thompson on Thu Dec 5, 2013 8:42 AM EST
my friend Larissa not only runs a food pantry but she takes food boxes o people and she runs a homeless shelter and helps people get jobs and helps set them up in their new homes with whatever they need I call her fairy godmother.
Posted by dan williams on Wed Dec 4, 2013 11:00 PM EST
twitted this today, 04/12
Posted by Noreen Plantz on Wed Dec 4, 2013 1:55 PM EST
My real life St. Nick is my best friend Darlene. She sticks with me through thick and thin, and always makes me laugh. She always has my husband and I over for Holiday dinners with her family. When I was sick was cancer she was the one, besides my husband, that was always there. She even bought me a blow up Santa for my lawn that year when mine broke.
Posted by monique pierce on Wed Dec 4, 2013 1:32 PM EST
My real life Saint Nick would be my Parents.When my Husband lost his job & he was going to school to be retrained in another work field they helped us pay our mortgage & bills.They are always there to help when we need it.They also give us love & support always. I love my family
Posted by Laura Hattabaugh on Wed Dec 4, 2013 12:57 PM EST
My real life St. Nick is my mom. She has spent her life saving stray animals. She was a member of Erie Shores Animal Shelter. She is now in her 70's and can't do as much to help, but she still goes out of her way to help homeless dogs and cats as much as she can. She now has 8 cats and 2 dogs that no one else would provide homes for. She is an awesome lady!
Posted by Jeaneen Richard on Wed Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM EST
My husband is my real life St. Nick. He not only helps support our family on his own, since he's the only one working, but he also helps others too by reaching out to the homeless, men out of jail, and returning Vets from their deployments who need to get back on their feet by giving them free clothing thru his non-profit organization. He also helps provide training to them as well.
Posted by Joanne Walton on Wed Dec 4, 2013 2:11 AM EST
My aunt crochets blankets for elderly people in nursing homes... I know she will use her gift card to buy more yarn!
Posted by Ronda Bruse on Tue Dec 3, 2013 5:54 PM EST
My St.nick is my family!! They have all supported my daughter . last week my daughter Jammie took Chloe my grand daughter to the doctor(This was like her 4th visitshe was having headaches and vomiting every morning) In doing so they seen a mass on Chloe Brain, they were immediately rushed to Hospital . Shes doing well , had to have 2 surgeries to remove tumors. We still dont know if they are benine or malignant . This Money would come in so handy! We have no money and dont know what to do for the holidays .
Posted by Shannon Barlow on Tue Dec 3, 2013 3:39 PM EST
My hubby n I scrimped and scraped while raising our kids and we vowed that if we were ever in a position to help people when needed that we would. Well, we have. We choose a family every Christmas to help with gifts for their kids. We've also let a family in an abusive house move in with us. We do what we can to help those that are less fortunate. We know how it is and we had nobody to help us. We love helping those in need.
Posted by Chloe Newkirk on Tue Dec 3, 2013 3:20 PM EST
Don is my real life St. Nick.
He is dedicated to helping others less fortunate than he. He has made it his life's mission to not only serve God but to serve all those in need.
At any given opportunity he consistently volunteers for our church, AA, and the local soup kitchens, in addition to other various community organizations.
He has readily provided everything from rides, references, and resources assisting in the provision of food, shelter, and clothing for the needy.
Don does not rest well at night unless he knows he has given his all to anyone accepting it.
Posted by Shane Hartis on Tue Dec 3, 2013 1:31 PM EST
My good friend, Darci Davis. She has a heart of gold, and a complete pleasure to be around. She is so kind, and very animal friendly as well, which is extremely important to me to see someone who will volunteer at a pet shelter in their free time. I have a soft spot for animals since they can't help themselves. She is a true saint.
Posted by Jessica Woodfill on Tue Dec 3, 2013 1:17 PM EST
My good friend Erin Eller is a real life Saint Nick. She always jumps in to help others whenever she can. Recently, she organized a blood drive through Carter Blood Care and the company we work for to help a man who was in need of blood due to medical complications.
Posted by Anise Smith on Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:56 PM EST
My dad is a real life St. Nick. He provided care and support when my mom was battling stage 3 breast cancer and 18 months later help me and my family when I battled the same thing. He has been our rock and eternal optimist. And he is the greatest grandpa in the world, we call him the baby whisperer!
Posted by Brandy graham on Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:15 PM EST
My real life St. Nick would be the guy who I see at the Nursing Home everyday, and he does not work there but goes there to talk to the older folks and shares stories and brings fruit and sometimes clothing. He is always smiling and has a great heart.
Posted by Allison Wasko on Tue Dec 3, 2013 10:01 AM EST
The volunteer coordinator at our local food pantry is a real life Saint Nick who makes it her life's purpose to ensure our citizens in crisis are fed, housed and helped on their path to renewal and rebuilding.
Posted by ida mclean on Tue Dec 3, 2013 9:18 AM EST
Actually I have to give my ex-husband the real st.nick. We have been divorced for years but when I went blind he took me in to his house to make sure the kids and I were taken cared of. went to every dr. appt. Radiation treatment and gave me and my kids a sense of safety. Going blind over night is mind racing and comes with depression and left with the wondering of why. But he has stood by us. Leroy is my t. Nick
Posted by Adam Quinn on Tue Dec 3, 2013 7:46 AM EST
My real life Saint Nick would be my aunt Lori and Uncle Dave. They treat me as they would their own children, and are always openly inviting us for dinner and other things. I've gotten to go on amazing vacations with them and really really appreciate all they do for me. I love them a lot and there is no way I could equally repay them for what they have done for me. They always make my day a little brighter, thats why they are my Saint Nick!
Posted by starbucks lover on Mon Dec 2, 2013 8:53 PM EST
the busy needles group at our church works all year to provide knitted items for our troops, new borns and the elderly.
Posted by Emily Bruff on Mon Dec 2, 2013 8:47 PM EST
Mom is a real live St. Nick. She works hard for different groups for little or nothing and shies away from recognition. She may as well be disappearing back up a chimney to reindeer!
Posted by Kim B on Mon Dec 2, 2013 7:59 PM EST
Georgina is the most loving St. Nick ever. She gives her time unselfishly to support the troops. She cooks special treats every week just for them. She serves on an Honors Support Team to help provide dignity and honor to those who have fallen, and special care and attention to their loved ones. She passes out unlimited hugs and smiles whenever she volunteers at the USO. She makes everyone she meets feel special and loved. At 80+ she shows no sign of slowing down, and I aspire to be just like her one day.
Posted by Carol Dziuba on Mon Dec 2, 2013 6:48 PM EST
My mom Eleanor Antonelli is a real life Saint Nick every day, every year. She works at a soup kitchen, does much vounteer work. This year, she helped serve 400 people for Thanksgiving.
Posted by Teresa Hartkopf on Mon Dec 2, 2013 2:52 PM EST
Linda Clark is a real life Saint Nick all year round.She supports herself by sewing for people at her home.Needless to say she doesn't make much.But when ever anyone needs help she does what ever she can to help them.
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