The Past...1984 - 2012
Secret Santa was the brain child of long time Saskatoon broadcaster Denny Carr.
It was his dream that every child in Saskatoon would receive at least one new toy at Christmas. Denny became the driving force behind an annual drive that brings smiles to thousands of children.
Sadly in 1999 Denny Carr passed away. But by then the Secret Santa campaign had a life of its own. With the support of CJWW and the continued effort of "Head Elf" Mercedes Wayman, Denny's legacy continues. Campaign volunteers collect money and toys, organize special events, sort and bag thousands of toys.
In the year 2000 under the leadership of Vic Dubois, the CJWW Denny Carr Secret Santa Foundation was established to ensure continuance of the program. The Foundation is a federally regulated charity with the ability to issue tax receipts.
In 2005, the CJWW Denny Carr Secret Santa Foundation made a decision to expand the program to provide a complete Country Christmas for 600 less fortunate families! When the recipients come to the Secret Santa depot they will receive a bounty of food and gifts of toys for their children. This program is made possible with the partnership of Saskatoon Co-op Foodstores, CIBC Wood Gundy.