How do I use this subreddit? This subreddit is specifically designed to help children under the age of 18 during the Christmas season. To make a request, please read the guidelines or your post will not show up. We cannot guarantee you the help of a Santa (or gifter) but if you follow the rules and have redditquette, your post will appear on our subreddit and hopefully a Santa will come along to assist you this year!

I need some help, what do I do? Read the rest of this, and our rules.

How do I make a post? How to Post a Request

Is there a format in which I should post my request? Yes. In the Title of the post, please include: number of kids, ages, names, and city/state. Example:  1/3/Lilly/NY,NY

Someone played Santa for my family in need! What do I do in return? In the instance your requested wish list items, or the entire wish list itself, are filled– you MUST create a [THANK YOU] post IN THE SUBREDDIT, preferably right after Christmas, to express gratitude to the kind stranger helping you and your family.  Failure to do so is real life bad karma and will also result in a ban from this subreddit. The BEST way to say thank you is wait until your child unwraps their gifts, and post a “thank you photo” in the subreddit for your Santa! Please remember to tag your Santa(s) so they will get the notification. Those who say thank you publicly will forever have good real life karma.  These photos keep requesters coming and Santa’s keep on giving! We do track who says thank you and who does not! Once you’ve created your [Thank You] post please also report the gifts you received.

My post is deleted, can you fix it? We have a spam bot we kindly refer to as the Grinch. Let us know if you cannot find your post. Messaging the mods with the subject line as “The Grinch Ate My Post” will grab our attention! If you did not follow the guidelines, your post will remain in spam until you follow the guidelines.

Can I repost my link again, no one gave me anything the first time? To re-post your request, please make a new post – *including a link to the old one*, so that our users know you are trying again. In the title of your new post it must be included that this is a repost; you do this with [REPOST] in the title.  If you fail to include the link to your original requesting post, your new requesting post will be deleted by the moderators. Also, include the gift tally of all children that have been registered and are on the request list. **Please wait 7 days before you make a [REPOST] thread. You may only re-post your request 2 times total.** If you repost too soon, or you’re over the repost limit of 2, your new re-posts will be removed.  You may want to space out your repost requests due to this limitation.

What happens if I delete my post? DO NOT DELETE YOUR POST. EVER.  This is a bannable offense.

I do not want a photo of my child on the internet.  How can I get registered without one? If you do not wish to post a photo of your child on your requesting post on the RAOC thread itself, you may submit it to the mods directly via the registration form. The photo MUST include your child holding up a piece of paper with your reddit username. The best way to get a Santa however, is honesty- and people love to see the kids!

I do not own a camera. How do I get registered without one? Try to borrow one! Ask a friend, neighbor, coworker or use a cell phone with a camera on it, etc. We do not register requesting users without a picture with a username and date, in order to keep out scammers. If you try to use someone else’s photo or fake a photo, you will be found out and you will be banned from all charitable subreddits.

So-and-so user never sent the gift they promised? Sometimes UPS, FedEx and USPS have lost packages in the past, it has happened to all of us. Do NOT harass a Santa for not receiving a gift. This is a bannable offense. If you cannot track the package or do not receive it please do not take it personal.

Can just anyone post in here? If you have children in your home or family, bask in holiday cheer, or want to play Santa to someone in need- you are welcome to join us!  Please keep in mind that new users with required Registration+ accounts are the most intensive to verify. Our moderation team researches and approves each registration manually and in a queue format.  We will try our best, but new user registrations closer to Christmas may not be verified and approved in time to post a request.

What do you do to register users? Registration entails filling out a registration form and giving the moderators personal information, which they will then review and accept (possibly after requesting further information). Disclaimer: All being ‘registered’ means is that the user has filled out our registration form giving us their personal information and photo with username and date shown in the picture. Registered Plus (registered+) users have completed our second tier process with additional questions.  Proceed in gifting at your own discretion.

Do those making Offers or playing Santa need to register too? No. Registration is just to help maintain honesty of the requesters as best we can.

How do I make a wishlist on Amazon? Here is a video tutorial on how to make an Amazon wishlist. Please explore Amazon.com and create an account and wishlist. You will copy/paste in the link to your wishlist as show in this video in order to share it with us in your request for help from Santa!  If you are requesting for multiple children, please either make separate wishlists for each child, or add a comment for each gift option as to who the gift would be for, that way our Santas can spread the cheer evenly.

Will Amazon publish my address for others to see? No. Your Santa will see your name and city/state and that is it. Your address is hidden from the public and the person purchasing from it!

What happens if a requestor deletes a gift from their Wish List after it is purchased? If you are a requestor and you delete items that were purchased from your wish list in hopes to appear as if you were not gifted – you will be banned from this subreddit.  Honesty is key. If you are playing Santa and send someone a gift, taking a screenshot and letting the mods will know about it will prevent any requestors denying they were helped. If you gift someone, submit a Santa report with your screenshot, how much you spent, who it went to, and what you bought.

I’m playing Santa. What am I required to do? When you gift a child, please post the child you’re gifting for, and the gift you’re sending in the request post thread. Example:  Lilly – Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy.  Additionally, please fill out a Santa Report so we’re able to keep track of where gifts are going and make sure cheer is evenly spread.

Can I ask for money or food on RandomActsofChristmas? No. This is for Christmas toys and items only.  Gift-cards are also not allowed. If you are looking for non-Christmas related or cash assistance please visit /r/RandomKindness.

I am playing Santa this year! I want to help someone out but how do I handle someone asking for expensive gifts? We ask that gifts are kept below $30, with one dream gift.  You can always ask the requestor if there is anything they may need within your budget, or browse around the subreddit as many others are also making requests.   

I’m requesting a dream gift, how should I show it’s for several kids?  Make a note on Amazon by clicking “Add Comment” and stating this is your dream gift and which kids it is a dream gift for.

I have several kiddos that need some gifts this year.  How should I make sure they all get gifts?  Make a wishlist for each child on Amazon, separated by their name.  Alternatively, “Add Comment” to each gift on the wishlist and clarify which child a gift is for.

I played Santa! Now will the mods know if I sent something? You have to tell us! If you gifted someone something, please please please let us know. Please see How to Play Santa!

What is the best way to investigate a requestor? User history, google image search, googling their username, and always feel free to message the mods if you like! We have data on all registered users and run automatic TinEye.com reverse image searches on all registered users. If the user you are considering helping does not have a ‘registered’ stamp to the right of their username, it is best to hold off gifting to them until this appears. Do ask questions!

I want to give something away, what is the best way to do a ‘contest’? To be as fair as possible most of our giveaways are done by drawings or some sort of random election. You are welcome to get creative, but we discourage picking favorites!

Can we offer Christmas cards, candy and other things Christmas related other than just gifts? YES, please do! Many people are in need of decorations. The Christmas cards are always a HUGE hit and thousands are sent all over the world every year here.  These are tallied but do not count against children.

A user is scamming… and I know it! Can you do something about it? Please report this to the mods via modmail with your suspicions. Let us know, but please give evidence!  Do not publicly call out a user. Doxxing is not allowed and is a bannable offense.

I am being harassed by a particular user, how do I deal with it? First of all, if you decide to respond… do it with grace and compassion. Do not feed the trolls, do not spray lighter fluid on the fire. We advise against public drama. You may always message the mods for additional help.  You can also hit the report button on any harassment you’re receiving. We do keep track of all incidents. Harassing another user, Santa, or moderator is a bannable offense.

I see another user around being rude about this subreddit, users here, and moderators here. How should I handle this? Send us a quick message via modmail for us to look into it.  Don’t get worked up over it.

Is there a limit on a number of gifts sent to each child here? Our goal is 5 gifts per child.  If using multiple assistance subreddits we’d like the requesting to stop after 5, to help spread gifts to other children.  So do tally gifts for each child to try to spread gifts evenly. If you complain or harass a user for ‘gifting too much’ or ‘receiving too much’ you will get a private message to be stopped. If you continue to police this subreddit harassing others, you will be banned. If you are not a mod, please don’t assume the roll of one.