Our History

It has been over six decades since the humble beginnings of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous and a lot has changed; the torch has been passed from our founder Jerry Forbes, our campaign headquarters has moved several times as we work to build a permanent home, and countless volunteers have come and gone. Yet from delivering gifts to 600 children that first year in 1955 to now over 25,000 kids we help with each passing year, some things have never changed – the Christmas spirit with which we serve and the kind hearts of those who help.

1955
CHED Santas Anonymous is started by Jerry Forbes at 1080 CHED
1955
Provided gifts for 600 Edmonton children
1958
Car clubs were recruited to pick up donations
1958
From 1958 to 1981: Operated from various locations including: Hys Centre, Melton Building, Johnston Walkers on Jasper Ave, Edmonton Import Car Centre on 119 St and Waterloo Motors on Jasper Ave
1966
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority are the first wrapping bee group
1966
A Creature Was Stirring is first played on 630 CHED
1979
630 CHED Santas Anonymous has been gifting toys for 25 years
1981
Our founder, Jerry Forbes passes away
1982
Campaign home 630 CHED building on 84 Street & Roper Road
1984
The first Motorcycle Toy Run
1993
630 CHED Morning Host, Gord Whitehead, starts the on air auction which continues to this day.
2000
After 18 years this is the last year operating from the 630 CHED building
2001
Campaign home is in a Staples warehouse
2002
Campaign home is a closed Food For Less store
2003
Campaign home is the Greisbach Drill Hall
2004
630 CHED Santas Anonymous has been gifting toys for 50 years
2004
Campaign home is in Londonderry Mall
2005
Campaign home is at the Aluma warehouse
2005
Incorporated under the Alberta Companies Act
2005
Launch a feasibility study for a permanent home
2006
Become a registered charity with CRA and can issue tax receipts
2006
Campaign home moves to Crosstown Motors warehouse
2008
Motorcycle Toy Run celebrates 25 years
2009
Campaign home moves to Northgate Industries
2010
Begin campaign for a permanent home, Jerry Forbes Center for Community Spirit
2012
Volunteers put in 14,062 hours during the 6 weeks leading up to delivery weekend
2012
Delivered gifts to close to 10,000 homes in 2 days
2013
Motorcycle Toy Run celebrates 30 years.
2013
For the first time in decades, toy delivery lasted more than a weekend due to inclement weather.
2014
Last year for the campaign to operated from Northgate Industries.
2015
Campaign operates out of Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre at the former Target/Zellers location.
2016
Announcement of the permanent home for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous at the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit located at 12122 68 Street.