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Orange County Holiday Programs

Operation Santa Claus 

Operation Santa Claus

The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children in foster care, group homes, needy children in transition who are abused, neglected, physically or mentally challenged, or homeless in Orange County. Disadvantaged families and at risk youth also benefit.

This is a County of Orange Board of Supervisors approved program, and is the only official County holiday toy drive. This program distributes over 45,000 gifts and receives assistance with toy collection through a collaborative effort of County of Orange employees, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Firefighters’ Spark of Love, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Churches, businesses and schools in the community also play an important role in the success of collecting toys.

The Operation Santa Claus program is coordinated and maintained by the Social Services Agency, with support from community volunteers. Over 350 volunteers from County agencies and the community have been the backbone of Operation Santa Claus since its inception.

The Operation Santa Claus program has greatly expanded. What began as a small attempt to meet the needs of a handful of children in 1962 has become a major event for the community. Each year gifts and cash donations are selflessly donated at pickup sites throughout the county. For more information please call (714) 679-2438 or email

Senior Santa & Friends 

Senior Santa & Friends

Senior Santa & Friends provides special request items and generic gifts to low income individuals who are elderly or severely disabled adults. The individuals are clients of Orange County Social Services and Health Care Agencies. Each year staff identify clients who would benefit from having such things as household appliances, special medical equipment, nutritional supplements, or clothing. Often times these individuals are isolated from family and their community or are otherwise vulnerable. Items received through Senior Santa & Friends help to enhance the quality of life, making life easier, more comfortable or more independent. Last year Senior Santa and Friends served over 2600 individuals. This was largely due to the efforts of volunteers and donations received from County employees, private companies, community based organizations and private individuals who donate to Senior Santa and Friends yearly.

 For more information please call (714) 825-3111 or e-mail

Agencies That Benefit From Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa and Friends

  • Social Services Agency
  • Health Care Agency
  • Probation Department
  • OC Community Resources
  • Child Support Services
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Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

Angel Tags

Organizations and businesses can request Angel Tags from Operation Santa Claus at (714) 679-2438 or Senior Santa & Friends at (714) 825-3111. These tags can be displayed on trees, bulletin boards, walls, etc. Angel Tags provide gift suggestions for a child or senior in need of a gift from "Santa". An informational package will be sent with the Angel Tag order.

Taking part in an Angel Tag gift project can be a wonderful alternative to your annual gift exchange.

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Checks, Gifts Cards and Cash

Checks, gift cards and cash donations are essential to purchase gifts. Your tax-deductible donation enables Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa & Friends to purchase gifts and other special need items for toddlers, youth, teens, disabled and seniors. For tax purposes, a letter of receipt will be sent once your donation, with a complete address, is received.

Please send your check or gift certificates to:

    SANTA ANA, CA 92702 - 2006



Tangible Gifts

You can purchase gifts for children newborn to 17 years of age, dependent adults and seniors. Gifts are needed for all ages especially toddlers and teens. Buying a gift for a needy child or adult brings back the true meaning of the holidays.

During the month of December gifts can be dropped off at the Operation Santa Claus store located at 1505 East Warner Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Please call 714-679-2438 for hours of operation. Orange County public libraries, most courts and many County facilities also have drop off boxes for your convenience.

 Volunteer Santa Claus

Volunteer Santas

To participate in Operation Santa Claus and/or Senior Santa and Friends please complete the information below or call:

714-825-3159 for Operation Santa Claus or 714-825-3111 for Senior Santa and Friends.