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A group of women in Tellico Village are feeling the Christmas spirit and raising money in a unique fashion.

The Tellico Village Beta Sigma Phi chapter is putting together personalized Santa Claus letters and donating the funds to local charities.

“We like to do a couple of fundraisers each year in order to give to charity,” Cathy Enderle, chapter secretary, said. “With the Santa letters, people order a letter to be sent to their child or grandchild. We compose the letter, and then we send all the letters to Santa Claus, Indiana, where their system will hand-cancel them. Then, they’re mailed out to their children, and it’s a way for parents and grandparents to allow their children or grandchildren to get a letter from Santa Claus, while the proceeds all go to local charity.”

The project has been a popular project over the last 10 years and several charities have benefitted.

“As far as I know, we’ve been doing this for about 10 years, and it’s been very successful,” Enderle said. “Most notably, we’ve given money to Good Samaritan, Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, and we’ve given money to several local, needy families in the past.”

Members of the Beta Sigma Phi chapter enjoy writing the letters and taking part in something greater than themselves.

“This is such a fun and unique project for us and for all of the recipients of these letters,” Marilyn Davis, Beta Sigma Phi member, said. “But more importantly, what I enjoy the most is the fact that this allows us to give of ourselves. It feeds the soul. Everything we make here, we’re giving back every single penny, so that’s very rewarding, not just for us, but for the people we’re helping.”

With winter arriving soon, Beta Sigma Phi is hopeful the project will help lighten the Christmas spirit in more ways than one.

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