SANTA Program

Share a Smile with a Child

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The Country Santa Program collects toys for needy children across the upstate of South Carolina. 

Since 1978, Mr. Buddy Cox of Pumpkintown has helped needy children in the foothills of South Carolina at Christmas. He is affectionately known as the "COUNTRY SANTA".

In 2019, we helped approximately 3010 children from 1,170 families in 5 counties

Note on Covid-19 virus:
  • Due to the Covid virus, we are limiting the number of volunteers working inside the building at any given time to 5 - 6 people.
  • Required face covering, mask or shield in building
  • Anyone who has a cough, fever, or recent exposure to someone with the virus should not enter the building.
  • Due to this limitation, we have made the difficult decision to limit our assistance to families in Pickens County.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm / Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Children don't understand that life is hard and sometimes there just isn't enough for Christmas presents. A child believes that Santa will find them Christmas morning.

"Share A Smile With A Child" by donating to the COUNTRY SANTA Program. We accept ONLY new unwrapped toys and monetary donations year around.

Over the past several years, the Country Santa Programs has been on the Sec. of State Angels List.  To be on this list, you must devote 80% to of its total expenses to the program services. In 2019, Country Santa Program devoted 97.3% to its program To see overall report-> Charity Database (Type in Country Santa)

112 Reece Lane (physical address)
P.O. Box 856  (
mailing address)
Pickens, SC  29671


Last modified on: 11/24/2020 .
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