StLCCA Today
The St. Louis Christmas Carols Association began in 1911, when William H. Danforth and a
group of friends decided to bring joy and good will to their neighbors by caroling outside their
homes.  Initially, they did not plan to collect money, but found listeners gave money when they
sang.  Being philanthropic businessmen, they donated the funds to the Children's Aid Society,
the organization's first beneficiary, to help needy youngsters throughout the following year.  Over
the years, the number of recipients has grown;  in 2017, 35 metro St. Louis area children's
agencies benefited from the carolers' collections.
Founder William H. Danforth died in his home on Kingsbury Place in St. Louis on Christmas Eve,
1955, as he waited for carolers from Pilgrim Congregational Church to serenade him.
The Danforth family continues to provide leadership for this wonderful organization as it begins
its second century.  Following William Danforth's death in 1955, his son, Donald Danforth, led
the association for a time.  Then his grandson, Dr. William H. Danforth, served first as President
and then Chairman of the Board.  Dr. Danforth became Chairman Emeritus in 2004 as his
nephew, Donald Danforth III, took over as Chairman of the Board.  Don Danforth is the great
grandson of the founder.
Our Mission
In 2019, the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association tradition is continued by
a volunteer network of neighborhood
"Area Chairmen"  in St. Louis City and St. Louis,
St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties,caroling group leaders and the carolers themselves.  
Area Chairmen recruit caroling groups in their area and serve as a local connection between
carolers and the StLCCA office, providing supplies and support to their groups.

The office of the
St. Louis Christmas Carols Association is centrally located in Clayton and
staffed by part time employees who recruit Area Chairmen and caroling leaders, schedule Special Sings
and the Kingsbury Place Singers, provide supplies and support through the caroling season,
and facilitate the allocation of carolers' collections at the end of the season.
Our History
The two-fold mission of the
St. Louis Christmas Carols Association:
to share the message of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All"
with St. Louis neighborhoods through the tradition of caroling, while supporting
the work of agencies serving children with the contributions received.
St. Louis Christmas Carols Association - 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 353, St. Louis, MO  63105  - 314.863.1225
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St. Louis
Christmas Carols Association
Caroling to Benefit Children
Since 1911
Click on the
photo to hear an interview
with our founder,
William Danforth,  
recorded December 9, 1955.
The choir from Rosati Kain High School
visit St. Louis City Hall to sing for the
Mayor and Board of Aldermen each
holiday season.

R-K Voices, December 2018 pictured with
The 2018 R-K Singers with Mayor Lyda
Krewson after singing
in City Hall under the direction of
Rachele Moramarco.
Click on the classic logo for
a pictorial history of the
St. Louis Christmas Carols Association.
Click on the photo above to hear St. Louis
musician and recording artist Randy
Mayfield and the Kingsbury Place Singers
perform his
"Caroling in St. Louis"
written in honor of our
100th Anniversary in 2011!
Click on the photo to hear
"Carol of the Holy Child"
by St. Louis composer Stephen Mager,
words adapted from Robert Schauffler.
Commissioned for our 100th Anniversary, it
was first performed in November 2011.
Here the song is performed by an octet from
St. Peter's Church in Ladue.
Rosati Kain choristers with William Danforth
sing for Mayor Joseph M. Darst, circa 1950

Here they are with Mayor Francis Slay in
2915, led by Director Sarah Hardy.