It’s barely past Christmas 2013 and the AFRO’s Mrs. Santa is already making a list and recruiting elves because making holiday fun for children is her specialty.
And she has lots of help.

“People are always looking for ways to give,” said Diane Hocker, also known as Mrs. Santa.

“They contact us before we even ask.”

Members of the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi phi Fraternity made their annual awesome donation of bicycles.

Former Sen. Larry Young broadcast his WOLB 1010 Radio One morning show live from the AFRO headquarters and so many of his loyal listeners dropped by with gifts in hand.

In addition to donations totaling more than $10,000, Hocker said AFRO rooms were filled with toys after the celebrations held by Rep. Elijah Cummings, Paul Gardner Law Group and Special Delivery.

“Not only did they donate to AFRO Charities, but they provided for area shelters, Carpenter House, Christopher’s Place, Kinder Care too many other places to list,” Mrs. Santa said.

Philanthropik held its annual party, admission to which was toys for the children at Ronald McDonald House. More than an organization, Philanthropik is a movement conceived by Zach McDaniels to provide opportunities to give.

“Baltimore is simply a generous city. And, as always, it was a great year and we’re hoping for an even better one this year,” Mrs. Santa said.