Santee Santas helped 222 families, 400 children

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

The Santee Santas Foundation, a non-profit assisting local families and seniors over the past 60 years with toys and food, helped 222 families and more than 400 children this past holiday season, according to Sam Modica, president, Santee Santas Foundation. Volunteers recently delivered about two weeks of nonperishable food items, poinsettia flowers, wrapped gifts and books for young children and gift cards for teenagers.
Pardee Homes was a supporter of the recent effort. A $5,000 grant was made possible through Pardee Homes’ parent company Weyerhaeuser. “The generous support from companies like Pardee and Weyerhaeuser has such a significant impact on our program and local families in need,” said Modica. “For many of these families, this is their only chance to have gifts and a holiday meal. Our senior outreach program ensures many seniors in our community who are living alone or in senior care facilities are not forgotten over the holidays.
Santee Santas is an all-volunteer organization, with school district employees, City of Santee staff, firefighters, local businesses, service organizations, mobile home parks and local citizens working together to make each year’s endeavors successful.