Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus

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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 OperationSantaClaus@ssa.ocgov.com.

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:OPERATION SANTA CLAUSSOCIAL SERVICES AGENCYPOST OFFICE BOX 22006SANTA ANA, CA 92702 - 2006

Please make checks payable to:


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.

  • Event Category Community Service, Holiday Events
  • Event Cost Free
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

Operation Santa Claus

1505 East Warner Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 679-2438