Bringing smiles to the faces of children affected by Related to the mitochondria. disease and easing the stress of parents during the holiday season!
MitoSantas was founded in western New York in 2009 by adults affected by mitochondrial disease and was limited to families of children only in that area. In 2017, MitoSantas partnered with MitoAction to go nationwide and deliver Christmas presents to children across the United States!
Christmas can be a very stressful time for Mito families. Children are often sick and the budget is tight for many parents who have to juggle co-payments, Dr. visits and those extra costs for their kiddos. These kids deserve some extra happiness and their parents deserve some stress relief. That is where MitoSantas comes in! Volunteers from MitoSantas purchase gifts for children 18 and under affected by mitochondrial disease and their siblings ages 16 and under. There is a spending limit of $50.00 per child. Parents will fill out an application for each child with things they like and their Christmas wishes. Our volunteers then work personally with each family to shop for the gifts on their wishlist! Delivery is arranged on a case by case basis.