Dear Santa provides Christmas joy to over 1,000 children in East Tennessee

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) Thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, more than 1,000 children in East Tennessee will receive holiday gifts through the McNabb Center’s Dear Santa program this year. Donors fulfilled Christmas wish lists for children who are clients of the McNabb Center, and their siblings, whose families have limited resources. The Dear Santa program is supported by businesses, organizations and individual donors who sponsor children or host toy drives.

“We are so grateful to the community for their supporting the Dear Santa program,” said Amy Cattran, community relations coordinator. “Many children who would normally not receive anything for Christmas will now get to have a joyful holiday experience thanks to our generous sponsors.”

In addition to the nearly 800 wish lists sponsored by community members, over 275 children’s lists were fulfilled at the McNabb Center’s annual Elf Shopping event. Volunteers and staff shopped for children’s lists at Target at Turkey Creek earlier this month. Elf Shopping is funded by the Beth Haynes 12 Days of Christmas Auction.

The Dear Santa program serves approximately 2,200 clients in East Tennessee through sponsored wish lists, toy drives and holiday parties. To learn more about Dear Santa visit additional information, please contact Amy Cattran at (865) 637-9711 ext. 1155 or

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 43,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit or call 1-800-255-9711