About Us

Who We Serve

The Heart Behind “Santa”

School Supply Santa started in 2007 during a conversation with a local elementary school teacher. It was discovered that there were many children, of all ages, who lacked the proper school supplies at the start of the year which were needed for growth and learning.

The founder of School Supply Santa, Denise Kooiker, had a determined purpose and passion to help children in the local West Michigan communities. School Supply Santa passionately lives out its mission of “investing in students to bring joy and empower success through the gift of school supplies”.

Our prayer for each of these children being served is for them to know they are cared for, loved and not forgotten.

What We Have Done

2021

2021

First cornhole tournament fundraiser, “Shine Like Stars” supply party at West Middle School (Byron Center), 42 schools, over 90,000+ school supplies distributed, mental health tools distributed for counselor support, each school presented with a star registry in their honor

2020

2020

“Building Relationships” socially distant supply party at West Middle School (Byron Center), supplies purchased with grant from Clays for Kids which kept schools supplied for the difficult COVID season, 41 schools, 2863 backpacks, 77,000+ school supplies

2019

2019

“Your Piece Matters” Supply Party at Bicentennial Park, 1100 Backpacks & 36 schools, wish list for designated schools are filled, 46,000+ school supplies

2018

“All-Star” Supply Party at Bicentennial Park, 1200 Backpacks & 34 Schools, flexible seating gifts for schools

2017

2017

Non-profit status finalized, “Garden Party” to distribute school supplies at Blanford Nature Center, 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser, 30 schools, 890 backpacks

2016

2016

Santa’s sleigh & caravan deliver supplies from school to school, 13 vehicles honking horns all the way

2015

Growth of ministry show need to pursue non-profit status to help more students, 777 backpacks

2014

62 business/library drop-off locations

2013

2013

Santa’s workshop moves to Byron Community Ministries basement, Mr. Santa rejoiced

2012

25 business drop-off locations, 165 backpacks

2011

2011

Santa’s workshop moved to the garage for the sake of her marriage and living space, 157 backpacks, 35 huge boxes of supplies

2010

65 backpacks & 17 boxes of supplies

2009

“Catch the Spirit of Giving”

2008

2008

Santa sets up workshop in her living room to collect supplies

2007

2007

Santa’s sleigh (trunk load of supplies) made its first delivery, 4 school districts

Mission: 

Investing in students to bring joy and empower success through the gift of school supplies.

Vision: 

Give every student an equal opportunity to succeed in the classroom.

Values: 

Passion – Christ-centered focus on serving students, educators and volunteers with integrity and respect.   

Commitment – Committed to responsibly stewarding the resources entrusted to us to alleviate financial burdens in our local schools.   

Excellence – Partnering with quality businesses and organizations to make the greatest impact in our community

Relationships – Building meaningful, lasting relationships, forming community, and bringing people together. 

Names and Title of Board

Michael Gilpin

Board President 

Owner/President of FASTSIGNS Grand Rapids

Kristen Moss

Board Member 

Lead Team for KSSN- Kent School Services Network.

Carolyn Roussey

Board Treasurer

Former Office Manager of Born Clinic

Blair Feldkamp

Board Member

Principal, Discovery Elementary

Kentwood Public Schools

Deb Khoriaty

Board Secretary

Deduction Analyst Account Manager at Advantage Solutions

Lillian Cummings-pulliams

Board Member

School Psychologist and Director of Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program, Wyoming Public Schools

Jennifer Findlay

Board Member

COTA/L

PPS Team/QRP Educator

**Certified occupational therapy assistant/licensed

**Prospective Payment Systems Team/Quality Reporting Program Educator 

Denise Kooiker

Executive Director

Founder/ Owner of Salon