Operation Santa

As the Pasadena Jaycees’ longest running project, Operation Santa has touched the lives of thousands of children since 1934. And it all starts with a letter.

Children in Pasadena send letters to Santa, toys are purchased and donated, and hundreds of volunteers, dressed for the occasion as Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves deliver thousands of toys to children’s homes on Christmas Eve. While Operation Santa was originally rooted in the Christmas holiday, children from all backgrounds and religions are encouraged to write letters to celebrate the season. Toys are geared toward children in 8th grade and under.

This year, Santa is returning to his regular deliveries and will be stopping by homes of children who submit letters on Christmas eve!

Letter submission will be open for 2022 soon! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the interest form below, and stay tuned for more detailed information soon!

Write a Letter to Santa

We are no longer accepting letters for our 2022 Operation Santa project. Check back next year!


Op Santa is returning to its traditional format this year, with Santa teams delivering toys to the homes of children in need on Christmas eve! We will need volunteers to help read letters to Santa, sort toys, and deliver toys as a Santa, elf, or Mrs. Claus. Please fill out this interest form if you are interested in volunteering. More detailed info will follow soon!

Donate Toys.

Want to donate toys to Operation Santa? You are welcome to purchase the toys of your choosing and drop them off at our office (please email [email protected] to coordinate a drop off), but in order to meet the requests of the children we are serving, we encourage you to visit our Amazon Affiliate shop or Amazon wishlist.

You can also purchase toys that have been specifically requested by having us send you gift tags. This allows people to claim individual children and purchase the toys they specifically requested. If you are interested in having gift tags sent to you, please email [email protected] as soon as possible.

*Please note that we will not give out any toy guns or other toy weapons.

Donate Money.

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 PayPal, Facebook, or Venmo (@Jaycee-Treasurer).

Checks can be made out to: Pasadena Jaycees Foundation, 474 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91103.

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