Our History

With a history spanning more than six decades, 630 CHED Santas Anonymous is an Edmonton tradition. It brings together generations of volunteers, donors, and recipients, united in their goal of delivering a brand new present to every child in need.

From delivering gifts to 600 children that first year in 1955 to now over 25,000 kids, some things have never changed – the Christmas spirit with which we serve and the kind hearts of those who help.

1955

630 CHED Santas Anonymous is started by Jerry Forbes at 1080 CHED. In it's first year, the charity provided new toys to 600 kids. 

1958

From 1958 to 1981: Operated from various locations including: Hys Centre, Melton Building, Johnston Walkers on Jasper Ave, Edmonton Import Car Centre on 119 St and Waterloo Motors on Jasper Ave

1966

A Creature Was Stirring is first played on 630 CHED. Listen here!

1981

Our founder, Jerry Forbes passes away.

1984

The first Motorcycle Toy Run is held. 

1993

630 CHED Morning Host, Gord Whitehead, starts an on air auction in support of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous, which continues annually to this day. Find information about the auction here!

2000

After 18 years this is the last year operating from the 630 CHED building. From 2000-2016 Santas campaign home moves year to year, occupying empty warehouses, big box stores and malls until a permanent home is found. 

2005

630 CHED Santas Anonymous has been gifting toys for 50 years.

2006

630 CHED Santas Anonymous becomes a registered charity with CRA and can issue tax receipts as CHED Santas Anonymous Incorporated. 

2010

Campaign begins for a permanent home, Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit.

2014

For the first time in decades, toy delivery lasted more than a weekend due to inclement weather. Motorcycle Toy Run celebrates 30 years. 

2016

Announcement of the permanent home for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous at the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit located at 12122 68 Street. The campaign operates out of the new permanent home for the first year!

 

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