SANTA Program

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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".

In 2020, we helped approximately 1500 children from 588 families in Pickens county.

Note on Covid-19 virus:
  • Due to the Covid virus, we are limiting the number of volunteers working inside the building at any given time to 8 - 10 people.
  • Face covering optional
  • Anyone who has a cough, fever, or recent exposure to someone with the virus should not enter the building.
  • Due to this limitation, we have made the difficult decision to limit our assistance to families in Pickens County.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:30 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30 - 3:30 pm / Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Please note anyone wanting to help with bagging, needs to make an appointment.  We can not handle walk-ins this year.  Please call 878-1131and leave a message and someone will get back with you. 

NOTE:  We have enough people to bag toys this year via appointments.  If you still want to help, we need help on Dec. 23rd and 24th in move the bags full of toys.  More details closer to the 23rd.


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.

Due to COVID last year, we limited the number of workers at the building and could only help children in Pickens County area. If you go to the Secretary of State Charities website, you will see that the devoted % of its total expenses to program services during the year reported 68.1%. normally we are in the 90% value.  Since we helped less children, we did not need to spend as  much monetary donations.  Any excess money was let in the organization account.

To see overall report-> Charity Database (Type in Country Santa)

112 Reece Lane (physical address)
P.O. Box 856  (
mailing address)
Pickens, SC  29671


Last modified on: 12/19/2021 .
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