The first CD was produced in 2003, when professional voice actor and Albuquerque native Jeff Gelder was tasked in a Landmark Education class to come up with a project that would enhance the community and ultimately take on a life of its own. That’s just what has happened, as Gelder now fields many inquiries about the CD all year long.
“This year we hope to once again have CD’s for Children’s Hospital’s in San Diego, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Orange, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Madera, Wilmington, Oakland, Omaha, Providence, St. Louis, Greenville, NC, Greenville, SC, Raleigh, Aurora, Cleaveland, Minneapolis, Detroit, Fargo, Duluth, plus Singapore, Asia, Newcastle Upon Tyne and London, England and more!
Here are the details… Through the generous donations of several singers and actors we are creating the 15th annual compilation recording titled “Holiday Magic, A Gift for Children of all Ages 2017.” The tale is shared by Jeffery the reindeer and Santa Claus as they make their way from the North Pole to visit the children. They are joined by Jeffery’s cousin Carlito who lives at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, Kate the adventurous reindeer from Milwaukee, Mrs. Claus, Trixie the Jersey Reindeer, and Thalion, Master Elf, who runs Santa’s workshop! Our 2017 Jeffery the surfer reindeer and Santa story is “A Little Deer Christmas” and the theme is taking care of mother earth with a new Native American character named… Little Deer!
Our goal is to brighten the holidays for the children spending the season at Children’s Hospital’s and their siblings. Last year nearly 10,000 copies of the CD were delivered to Children’s Hospitals internationally and they were thrilled to have them and distribute them to their patients!
This year’s goal is to produce and deliver 12,000 copies, which will be delivered around the country and to London and Singapore in December. Please consider donating a minimum of $50 or more. No amount is too big or too small. Your gift is much needed and immensely appreciated! Every donation goes toward gifting a CD to a child,” says Gelder. “This is a labor of love that is received with much joy by children who are unfortunately spending the holiday season in the hospital and their siblings, who often crave attention due to so much being given to the ailing member of their family,” Gelder said. “We appreciate all donations! The more donations the more children that will be receiving a CD.” Thank you for your time and consideration, and make it a happy holiday season!