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Organization Name: CHED Santas Anonymous

Volunteer's Name: Jerry Forbes

About this volunteer:
Santas Anonymous was started in 1954 on 1080 CHED Radio by Jerry Forbes. Jerry's real name was Murray McIntyre Forbes and he adopted the name Jerry for his on-air work. Jerry started in broadcasting at CFRN in 1947. When 1080 CHED signed on in 1954 Jerry was their first production Manager and worked his way up throughout to become station Manager. Jerry's quote on why he started Santas Anonymous was "wouldn't it be great if there would be no needy kids..and every kid had a present...not a used present...with wheels stuck on and repainted....but a brand new present. From that modest start we said well...lets do it. So we went ahead and for the first few years we ran it up on the second floor here just with my staff and from there it just grew and grew and continues to this day as a CHED radio charity working closely with the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Now more than 25,000 presents are delivered each and every year through CHED’s Santas Anonymous. Jerry spent 28 years at CHED and retired in June of 1981. He passed away in September of 1981 and is burried in Innisfail, Alberta, his birth place.

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