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Charity Trust.

For more than 70 years, the Chicago Sun-Times has been a part of the fabric of Chicago—breaking stories, reporting with integrity and bringing our neighbors the news that matters most. The Sun-Times Charity Trust is the philanthropic arm of the Sun-Times—supporting incredible programs in our city, reaching out to those around us and serving our amazing community of readers and friends.


Chicago Reads

This spring, we spread the love of reading through our brand new program, Chicago Reads. In our inaugural year of the program, we matched over 2,300 students with Book Buddies who provided them with their very own new books to read this summer. Sign up now to learn more and be a part of the program next year, and help Chicagoland students read all summer long!


Letters to Santa

See what you made happen in 2018—and get ready for another great year of holiday cheer!

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I simply do not know what we do without the kindness and generosity of your readers, and we are so thankful that the Sun-Times organizes this whole event. Letters to Santa truly brings magic to the season.

Letters to Santa School Coordinator



Get Involved

Join us for one of our flagship programs, or make a gift to support Chicagoland students through the Sun-Times Charity Trust. The best things happen when we all work together—so get in on the fun today!


Chicago reads

Give students their very own books to take home for the summer. Spread a love of reading by being a Book Buddy!

Letters to santa

Fulfill a child’s holiday wish and ensure that every student gets a gift. Sign up to spread cheer as a Letters to Santa elf.

Make a Donation

Your gift will support the Charity Trust’s programs all year long and help us reach more schools and students in Chicago.