For thousands of disadvantaged children, HOPE at Christmas can be defined as simply as a gift-wrapped toy… Hence, A Day With Santa (ADWS) was created to fulfill that very hope. Every year, we host several events designed to bring the Christmas spirit to children living in challenging conditions. These events are organized by a group of volunteers under the umbrella of the Haitian American Leadership Organization (HALO), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Florida.
Since 2007, our members have made it their mission to bring Santa to the little ones. And in 2013, ADWS was conceived to continue this mission.
Annually, we host approximately 3,000 children in four locations. In Haiti, our celebrations are held in Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, and Thomazeau. In Florida, we celebrate the children of Little Haiti in Miami
Over the years, our events have proven to be a rewarding endeavor — each child spends the day in an enchanting Christmas atmosphere, surrounded by their favorite children characters while enjoying music, dancing and a delicious meal. The icing on the cake is to be able to receive a gift-wrapped toy directly from Santa!
The look of amazement on their little faces…that twinkle of happiness in their eyes, are utterly priceless! That is why we commit yearly to this simple, yet worthwhile and rewarding experience.
We invite you to join us in this cause and, with your help, a Christmas WISH will become a REALITY!