Creating smiles for kids spending their holidays in a Children's Hospital around the world!
It's not too early, so please jump in and help us celebrate by bringing the healing gift of stories and songs to even more wonderful and deserving kids in 2023.
The first recording was produced in 2003, when professional voice actor and Albuquerque native Jeff Gelder was tasked in a Landmark Education class to come up with a project that would enhance the community and ultimately take on a life of its own. That’s just what has happened, as Gelder and the Children's Holiday Magic Project team now field many inquiries about the production all year long.
Here are the details… Through the generous donations of several singers and actors we are creating the 21st annual compilation radio show style recording titled “Holiday Magic, A Gift for Children of all Ages CD (Care Deer).” The tale is shared by Jeffery the surfer reindeer and Santa Claus as they make their way from the North Pole to visit the children. They are joined by Jeffery’s cousin Carlito who lives at the San Diego Safari Park, Kate the adventurous reindeer from Milwaukee, Mrs. Claus, Trixie the Jersey Reindeer, and Thalion, Master Elf, who runs Santa’s workshop. Our 2023 Jeffery the surfer reindeer and Santa story is TBA. (submissions are now being accepted) The recordings are delivered along with a custom coloring/activity book, crayons and a lot of love!
Our goal is to brighten the holidays for the children spending the season at Children’s Hospital’s and their siblings. Last year over 7,000 copies of the recording and care package were delivered to Children’s Hospitals internationally and they were thrilled to distribute them to their patients!
This year’s goal is to produce and deliver 10,000 packages, which will be delivered in December. Please consider donating a minimum of $50 or more. No amount is too big or too small. Your gift is much needed and immensely appreciated! Every donation goes toward gifting a recording and care package to a child.
“This is a labor of love that is received with much joy by children who are unfortunately spending their holiday season in the hospital and their siblings, who often crave attention due to so much being given to the ailing member of their family,” Gelder said. “We appreciate all donations! The more donations the more children that will be receiving a recording and care package.”
This year we hope to once again have recordings and care packages for Children’s Hospital’s including;
- San Diego
- New Orleans
- Los Angeles
- Palo Alto, Madera
- Wilmington, Oakland
- St. Louis
- Greenville, NC
- Greenville, SC
- Newcastle Upon Tyne
- London, England... and more!
Thank you for your time and consideration, and make it a happy holiday season!