About the North Bay Santa Fund

2021 year marks the 74th anniversary of the North Bay Santa Fund.

Every year the North Bay Santa Fund collects donations to help those in need during the holiday season. Our volunteers assemble over 600 baskets of groceries and over 1,500 toys to be delivered to families and children in North Bay.

The Santa Fund is the city’s largest and longest-running fundraising effort. Each year, individuals and groups in the community coming up with creative ways to help support the cause. The packing and delivery of hampers is a Christmas tradition for many residents. Many volunteers braving the weather to help ensure that families don’t go without during the holidays.

No families without food, no children without toys.

You can make your donation online or at the North Bay Nugget at 259 Worthington Street West from December 6th – 24th, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and you will receive an official tax receipt from our dedicated volunteers. We thank you for continuing the dream that Art Haley, Sam Jacks and Ed Dewey started 74 years ago.


In 1949, Art Haley, Fire Chief of North Bay, Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks and Recreation for North Bay and local businessman Ed Dewey saw that there were about 25 needy families in North Bay. Their wish was to make Christmas a little brighter for the families and children, so they collected cash donations and procured food hampers and toys. As the years progressed, the need grew and the Santa Fund partnered with the North Bay Nugget as the official collection agency for the donations. They decided to pack the baskets at Dr. MacDougall Public School and have the public come and help deliver the baskets to each family residence. The tradition continues today and after 74 years the Santa Fund serves more than 600 families including over 1,000 children.