The Friends of Santa Claus is a non-profit organization founded by Ted and Barbara Van Thullenar in 1993. It is based in Hendersonville, NC. The organization provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families.

The organization serves children from 9 months to 18 years old. The families are primarily located in Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. The families are invited to at least four functions a year: Camp Merry Times is a four-day summer camp held in the late spring, complete with a full medical staff and volunteers to make it an amazing experience! A spring and fall family fun day are held each year, and in December we host a really amazing Christmas party, complete with a special guest!!

The Friends of Santa Claus has a college scholarship program for cancer survivors. Special wishes are also granted for the children. In addition, financial assistance is provided to families in hardship circumstances.

Important facts:

  • There is no paid FOSC staff.
  • All donations go directly to benefit the children and families in our program.
  • There is never a charge for any service provided by Friends of Santa Claus.
  • All funding comes from private and corporate donations.