It’s that time of year again when we have an opportunity to help some unfortunate children have a Christmas they wouldn’t otherwise enjoy. Last year your donations and kindness helped 310 kids have a Christmas they’ll always remember.

This year marks the 11th annual “Santa Lamm Shopping Spree” put on by the David Lamm Foundation thanks to your generosity. I want to thank you for your past support and once again ask you do what you can to help these children during what should be a joyous time of year. If you haven’t been asked to help before or were unable to donate in the past please join us this year and make whatever donation you can to help these children during what should be a joyous time of year.In all, about 3,000 kids have benefited from “Santa Lamm”.

I also want to point out a new direction we’re going. While we will continue to work with a number of agencies that do background checks to make certain we’re helping truly needy kids, we are shifting our emphasis to help children of military families. We have always included “military kids” but we want to help more as a small way of showing our gratitude to the men and women who serve to protect our way of life. The Wounded Warriors, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Fund and the 5 Star Veterans Center will provide many of the children. We’ll also continue to work with such agencies as Daniel Home, Arlington Community Services, Family Problems, Hubbard House, Pedscare (hospice for kids), Angelwood Inc., UF CARES and others.

Please donate any amount you can and take note that 99 cents of every $1 donated goes directly to the kids, ages 3-13. The David Lamm Foundation is an all-volunteer organization. Each child  is given a $75 gift card and allowed to shop for themselves. They pay no sales tax. All donations are tax deductible. The Foundation’s status is 501 (e)(3). All checks should be made payable to: David Lamm Foundation and can be mailed to: 5430 Whitney St., Jacksonville, FL, 32277.  

This year for the first time the “Santa Lamm Shopping Spree” will be held at the Super WalMart in the Regency area. The date is Dec. 20 . The kids arrive starting at 8 a.m. and are provided juice and donuts. Regardless of whether or not you can help with a financial donation please come by and enjoy as a volunteer or spectator the excitement and smiles of the kids. I promise you it will make your Christmas more enjoyable.

Merry Christmas,

David Lamm, president

Martin Poyner, secretary-treasurer-event coordinator

Clip Hopkins, vice president

p.s. if you want to volunteer e-mail David ( or Martin(

David Lamm's daily "rants" can be heard on 1010XL/92.5 FM sports radio and, of course, his columns can be read on Lamm has been a sports writer/sportscaster in Jacksonville since 1977.