UP will look to spread some holiday cheer with a new holiday gift-giving campaign that will provide gifts and cash to needy families around the country.
The network’s “Top Secret Santa” campaign -- part of the network's 'Uplift Someone' pro-social initative -- will aid nine families in Atlanta, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Dallas and Houston with cash and a “customized bounty” of much needed Christmas gifts, according to Charley Humbard, president and CEO of UP Entertainment LLC.
The families, chosen by local charitable organizations in their respective communities, will be visited by UP’s "Top Secret Santa"-branded mini-van (pictured) and asked to share on camera their best and most uplifting Christmas memories. During the course of the interview, the network’s “Secret Santa” team will appear bearing such gifts targeted to each family’s needs. Gifts range from bicycles to kitchen tables, according to network officials.
UP will air footage from each surprise visit in a series of vignettes beginning Dec. 1 and running through its Christmas programming lineup of 400 hours of uplifting original holiday movies, Christmas specials, music and marathons, said the network.
“The goal of our ‘Top Secret Santa’ initiative is to show the true meaning of Christmas,” said Charley Humbard, president and CEO of UP Entertainment, LLC in a statement. “We hope that these small acts of kindness spread joy and Christmas cheer and inspire others to do the same."