Operation Santa

Operation Santa

As our longest-running project, Op Santa has touched the lives of thousands of children yearly since 1934. Funds are raised, toy drives are initiated, letters to Santa are collected and read, and on Christmas Eve we send Santa and Mrs. Claus to the home of each local child who has written a letter to Santa.

This is our largest community project, requiring over a hundred volunteers and an extensive budget. This committee typically begins its planning in August.

Want to get involved?

Every year we send out roughly 60 Santa teams to fulfill the need of the toy delivery. Each team is given their own route, commonly with between 5 and 10 homes to deliver toys to in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Sign-in and costume check-out will occur in the morning, and the Santa teams will regroup in the late afternoon to receive instructions and head out on their routes!  We need Santa volunteers as well as helpful hands to make this project successful. Volunteer opportunities are available December 23rd, 24th, and 26th.

We also need help reading all the letters we receive! Bring a laptop or tablet and help us read every letter written to Santa.  Letters are read, recorded, and mapped for every child who writes to Santa. Letter readings will be held every Tuesday from December 3rd until December 17th, 2019.

Send us an email at [email protected] if you have questions, comments or just want to get involved. Or, you can sign up at the link below!

Want Santa to visit you or your community?

Do you or someone you know want a visit from Santa over the holidays? Or do you know someone in your community who could use a little extra support at Christmastime? Please spread the word that any child in the greater Pasadena area can write letters to Santa to the address below or email them to [email protected].

Santa Claus
474 W Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Want to donate to Op Santa?

In order to serve the largest number of children, we always need monetary support. You can donate to our non-profit organization (Pasadena Jaycees Foundation) via check, cash, PayPal ([email protected]) or Venmo (@Jaycee-Treasurer).

We also have sponsorship opportunities available. Interested in sponsoring a child? A family? A neighborhood? A Santa team? Please contact [email protected].

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