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".

Country Santa 'wrapped' up the Season today by helping over 3,100 children experience the spirit of Christmas. It is all possible because of the hundreds of volunteers who give selflessly each year. THANK YOU to each of you who have kept this Christmas miracle alive for 35 years. - With Love From Country Santa. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Some Stats for 2013:

Helped over 1300 families
Gave toys to over 3100 children
Passed out approx. 130 boxes of food
Used approx. 2000 Hefty trash bags
Used 39 rolls of Duck Tape (about 1.3 miles of tape)


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.


112 Reece Lane (physical address)
P.O. Box 856  (
mailing address)
Pickens, SC  29671
Phone: (864) 898-4422


Last modified on: 03/18/2014 .
This page created and maintained by Bob Spalding Chief Elf