Santa Cause School Outreach Project

Partnering with schools to provide Christmas gifts for pediatric cancer patients


Our School Outreach Project allows us to partner with schools across America. Our student led fundraising program allows students to give back while gaining valuable experience in leadership.


Students at partnership schools design their own fundraising plan and implement it. 


100% of all funds raised or gifts donated go directly to St. Jude Hospital’s Target House pediatric cancer patients and their families in the form of Christmas gifts for the free Christmas shop.


Our School Outreach Project was inspired by Dylan McElduff‘s story and his mom Cindy McElduff‘s toy collection effort. Cindy wanted to pay forward the support her family received by collecting gifts for the pediatric cancer patients at St. Jude Hospital.

For more information go to the Santa Cause website at  To get your school involved you can contact Cindy McElduff at   or Mike Crask at

Dylan’s Story

A survivor inspires a giving spirit

... when severe headaches started he knew he had 

 to see a doctor...his worst fear was confirmed. 

Paying It Forward: Dylan’s Inspiring Battle 

While playing high school baseball in Louisiana Dylan started seeing double when the ball was hit or thrown to him. At first he thought nothing of it, but when severe headaches started he knew he had to see a doctor. After receiving an MRI exam, his worst fear was confirmed. Dylan was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor which lead to two brain surgeries to remove the cancerous tissue. After the surgeries Dylan was treated by Doctors at St. Jude Hospital. Over a period of 5 months he received 4 rounds of chemotherapy. During the five months of treatment Dylan and his mom Cindy lived at Target House. Dylan is now cancer free!

To pay forward the immense community support shown to their family during Dylan’s battle with cancer, his mom Cindy McElduff organized a toy drive in Choudrant, La for the patients at St. Jude Hospital. Over 750 toys and hundreds of dollars in gift cards were collected. 

--Cindy McElduff 

We have taken what Dylan inspired and what Cindy started and created our Santa Cause School Outreach Project where Childhood Cancer Family Fund partners with schools to collect gifts or raise money to buy gifts for the pediatric cancer patients at St. Jude Hospital’s Target House. Cindy is now on our Board of Directors and is the Director of the School Outreach Project.

Contact Cindy at


2018 Participating Schools and School Organizations

Delayne Morris’

Fifth  Grade Class 

Northpoint Christian School

Southaven, Mississippi 

Dance Line

Choudrant High School 

Choudrant, Louisiana 

Softball Team

Choudrant High School 

Choudrant, Louisiana 

Junior and Senior Cheer

Choudrant High School 

Choudrant, Louisiana 

Samantha Stephan 

Connections Club

Stephen Decatur High School

Berlin, Maryland 

Memphis Catholic High School 

Memphis, Tennessee 

4H Club

Choudrant Elementary School

Choudrant, Louisiana 

Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, Mississippi 

AO Pi Sorority  

Western Kentucky University 

Bowling Green, Kentucky 

Northpoint Christian School 

Footbal Team

Southaven, Mississippi 

Northpoint Christian School

Cross Country Team

Southaven, Mississippi 

Quitman High School

FFA and

Cheerleading Team

Quitman, Louisiana

Alexandria Senior High School 

Alexandria, Louisiana