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Operation Santa Claus

The following information is related to donation and volunteer opportunities. If you are looking for holiday assistance, please contact your case worker or regional office. Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus

The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children who are abandoned, neglected, and/or abused and are placed in foster care in Orange County. In addition, Operation Santa Claus provides holiday gifts to children of disadvantaged families who are receiving services from the County of Orange.

Operation Santa Claus is a County of Orange Board of Supervisors approved program, and is the only official County holiday toy drive. Last year this program distributed over 16,000 toys and gifts, bringing joy and a message of hope to our most vulnerable children in Orange County who might otherwise have gone without. This would not be possible without the generosity and collaborative effort of County of Orange employees, churches, businesses, and individuals in the community who play an important role in collecting toys.


The Operation Santa Claus program is coordinated by the Orange County Social Services Agency, with support from community volunteers. Last year, over 1,800 hours were graciously given by volunteers from County agencies and the community. Volunteers have been the backbone of Operation Santa Claus since its inception.

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

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