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Mackinac Partners Matt Beresh and Wife Jennifer Jones Provide Hope to Chicago communities with their charity “There Really Is A Santa Claus”

December 1, 2014

Matt Beresh and Jennifer Jones being interviewed by Chigaco CBS 2 reporter Jim Williams

For over 10 years, Mackinac Partners Managing Director Matt Beresh and his wife Jennifer Jones have been giving back to those in need in the Chicago area through their unique charity –

Each holiday season, Matt and Jennifer, along with close friends, review up to a thousand letters sent to “Dear Santa” at the Main Post Office, identifying those coming from children and families most in need.  The selection process is one of the most significant activities they perform each year –  putting an extensive effort into selecting letters from the most deserving and in need families.

The team speaks with every chosen family and relays their stories to individual donors via their website:  They also inform the families that the organization will be purchasing gifts for them and determine what their true needs and wants are.  The families’ holiday wishes and needs are then shared with individual donor members to help provide gifts and fulfill wishes each holiday.

After gifts are purchased (or cash donations) – whether warm clothes, household essentials, toys, gift certificates, or books – Matt, Jennifer, close friends and donors who wish to participate in the preparation – take care of everything else. There Really Is A Santa Claus wraps, communicates with and personally delivers gifts to all of the selected families.

As Matt recently told Chicago CBS 2 reporter Jim Williams: “I absolutely look forward to this. This is the way we give back the most to our community.”

To read the full story and News video on CBS 2’s website please visit:

To help Matt and Jennifer support more families this year, or to learn more about the charity, please visit: