With a little prodding from Nat, I've participated (along with her, her sister, and her mom) in the Chicago Sun-Times Letters to Santa/Season of Sharing program. Each holiday season, we get letter(s) from Chicago Public School kids - addressed to Santa - asking for gifts each year.
More often than not, these kids would - under normal circumstances - not get the very presents they are asking for. Either because of economics or family setting reasons, Santa isn't able to deliver on their requests. And...that's where the Sun-Times steps in. They mail you a letter and you do the shopping. This year, my letter was addressed to "Sunta", but I'm guessing he really meant Santa.