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 witPicture of Candy Canesh toy collection through a collaborative effort of County of Orange employees, 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 collecting toys.  Many collect toys through the Angel Tag program.

The Operation Santa Claus program is coordinated and maintained by the Social Services Agency, with support from community volunteers. Over 450 volunteers from County agencies and the community have been the backbone of Operation Santa Claus since its inception in 1962.

The Operation Santa Claus program has greatly expanded. What began as a small attempt to meet the needs of a handful of children has become a major event for the community. Each year gifts, gifts cards, checks 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.

Agencies That Benefit From Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa and Friends Picture of wrapped gift

  • Social Services Agency
  • Health Care Agency
  • Probation Department
  • OC Community Resources
  • Child Support Services

Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

Family setting up christmas treeAngel 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 upon request.

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

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

Please make checks payable to:


Donate Online with Credit Card or Electronic Check

Tangible Gifts

Picture of Santa Claus holding giftsYou 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 Santas

To participate at Operation Santa Claus email operationsantaclaus@ssa.ocgov.com or call 714-679-2438.  To participate at Senior Santa and Friends please email Senior.Santa@ssa.ocgov.com or call 714-825-3111.


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 Senior.Santa@ssa.ocgov.com.

SSA - Operation Santa Claus

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* Please send figt to address listed below.

**Please make checks payable to the trustee: OPERATION SANTA CLAUS or SENIOR SANTA and mail to the following address:

SANTA ANA, CA 92702-2006

If you have any questions about Operation Santa Claus please email OperationSantaClaus@ssa.ocgov.com.

Happy Holidays!