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 OperationSantaClaus@ssa.ocgov.com.