About Friends of Santa

Who is Friends of Santa?

Friends of Santa is a special group of friends in the East Cooper area that enjoy coordinating efforts for supporting others during hard times. Santa has always been known for his gift-giving abilities, and this particular group of friends enjoys replicating Santa’s acts of kindness on a local level. Friends of Santa is a non-profit organization made up of people and local businesses that donate products, services and time. We have no paid employees, as we are all volunteers. Proceeds generated assist families in need in East Cooper.


For over 30 years, Friends of Santa has helped individuals and families in need in the East Cooper area. We have assisted with food, shelter, clothing, household appliances, payment of utility bills, etc. Mutliple local families are “adopted” during the holiday season as well. Since our early beginning, we have helped countless families and children, and our commitment to this great cause is stronger than ever.

How it Works


Donations are received from the community on a year-round basis from individuals, families, and local businesses. We currently have two major fundraisers each year to also assist in generating proceeds and tangible gift-giving efforts for our local families. The annual “Christmas Party/Dance” occurs during the summer, and the Toy Drive event is held during the holiday season. The “Christmas Party/Dance” is our largest fundraiser and provides dynamic live musical entertainment, professional catering, and a silent auction. Various sponsorship levels are offered and receive special recognition during the event. Proceeds received for this night of celebration are used throughout the year to help our local families. The annual Toy Drive involves a fun evening of fellowship and gift-giving by attendees. Toys are requested for children of all ages, and are used for distribution to the families we adopt during the holidays. Monetary donations are also accepted for this event.

Board Members

Tom Murph

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent
Tom graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969. He served on the volunteer fire department and was assistant fire chief for 10 years. He was one of the founders of Friends of Santa, a charitable organization, and served as President for 3 years. He began working in Real Estate with Wild Dunes Real Estate, and later for Beachside Real Estate.

Randy Jones

President of Chapman Company
Randy Jones graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1971 with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently serves as the President of the Chapman Company, a company that has become the southeast's trusted partner for Seismic and Vibration Isolation solutions, and is located in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nancy Chilton

Director of Finance at BGI, LLC
Nancy Chilton graduated from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 2001 with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance. She then went on to recieve her masters in Business Administration. She currently serves as the Director of Finance and oversees the accoutning and human resources departments for BGI, LLC.