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2013 Donation Recipients


Santa's Helpers, Inc.
5835 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 647-1800

Rita Swiener, Founder

A 100% volunteer, not for profit organization that spends the entire year collecting gifts and distributing them to needy families for Christmas and Hannukah. Last year Santa’s Helpers delivered approximately 26,000 gifts to over 2,000 children and their families in the metropolitan St. Louis area who would not have otherwise received a gift. Dedicated volunteers start work the day after each Christmas by collecting donations and gifts for the following holiday season. The families are referred by many sources including:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters

  • Catholic Charities
  • Dream Factory through Children’s Shriner’s and Cardinal Glennon Hospitals
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Family & Childrens Services
  • Jewish Family and Children Services
  • Public School Counselors
  • Legal Advocates for Abused Women


8080 Wildwood Lane
Barnhart, MO  63012
(314) 799-4155
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Kathy Roeder, President

Gateway Search Dogs, Inc., a not for profit, 501(c)(3), Missouri corporation, was incorporated in 2002 due to a continuing need to provide certified canine teams and field personnel to help locate lost, missing or deceased persons.

Gateway Search Dog’s (GSD) membership includes individuals and canines that are certified in various disciplines by national organizations. These certifying organizations include, but are not limited to, North American Police Work Dog Association, International Police Work Dog Association, National Search Dog Alliance and National Association for Search and Rescue. Our canine teams specialize in wilderness area search, water human remains detection, land human remains detection and tracking/trailing.

History of Charitable Grants from Christmas in St. Louis


Joshua Chamberlain Society
National Children's Cancer Society


Miriam Foundation
Academy of St. Louis


Wings of Hope
Youth in Need
Previous Recipients 1986-2009 
Ride On St. Louis
Logos School
Kids in the Middle
Independence Center
Nurses for Newborns
Kids Caring 4 Kids
St. Vincent's Home
Nurses for Newborns
St. Louis Crisis Nursery
Family Support Network
National Children's Cancer Society
Family Shield Ministries
Child Center of Our Lady
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TREND)
Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition
Faith House
Food Bank of St. Louis
Lou Brock Foundation
Almost Home
Family Support Network
Guardian Angel
Hosea House
KUTO (Kids under 21)
Family Support Network
Gateway Homes, Inc.
Our Lady's Inn
Camp Wyman
Camp Happy Day
Our Lady's Inn
First Night
Childen's Home Society
Salvation Army 
100 Neediest Cases (Post Dispatch)
Girls, Inc. of St. Louis
St. Patrick's Center
H.I.S. Kids
Edgewood Children's Center
Girls, Inc. of St. Louis
National Council Youth Leadership
Gateway "I Have a Dream" Foundation
Women's Spirit Imani Center
Friends of Kids with Cancer
Matthew Dicky Boys Club
First Night
Support Dogs, Inc.
Children's Home Society
Christmas Carols Festival
St. Louis Christmas Carols Association




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