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For the second year, Racine resident and Rapcine.com Founder Jesse Booker is hosting the Santa Does Exist holiday fundraiser that encourages neighbors to help their less fortunate neighbors enjoy the best of the holiday season.
Launched in 2015 just two weeks before Christmas, Booker was hoping to raise $500 to give two local families $250 each to shop for loved ones. A total of $750 was raised, and three families had a brighter Christmas.
This year, Booker launched Santa Does Exist on Thanksgiving and in just six days, raised $1,695, well past his original goal of $1,000.
“With Thanksgiving coming to a close, it is important that we are thankful for our wonderful families, friends, and those we get to spend the holidays with!” he posted on the event’s gofundme.com page. “It is equally important to be aware of how easy it is to help others. This is where you can make a difference in someone’s life with minimal effort!”
Shopping sprees this year will take place at Toys R Us, and fundraising continues through Dec. 21.
“We are super excited about where we are,” he said. “We are thankful for every donation, but we aren’t surprised. Our community is full of caring people who believe in helping others.”
Families are nominated by individuals who donate at least $20, and the winners will be announced Dec. 22.