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.

In years past, letters were sent by children, toys were purchased and donated, and hundreds of volunteers, dressed for the occasion as Santas, Mrs. Clause, and elves delivered thousands of toys on Christmas Eve.

This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Operation Santa will look a little different, but it will still impact hundreds of children throughout the greater Pasadena area! Our biggest concern is the safety and well-being of both the families we’re giving toys to and the volunteers helping make this possible. We are changing our distribution method from hand delivering toys to children’s homes to a contactless pick-up option.

Children in the Pasadena area can still write letters to Santa (please submit via this form), and they will be able to come to the Scottish Rite (150 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA) at their allotted time for a contactless toy pick-up in their cars from Santa and his elves in a decorated magical wonderland. And we still need help from volunteers in the community (sign up below)!

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.

Write a Letter to Santa

**Operation Santa 2021 is over, and we are no longer accepting letters. Please check back again next year.**

If you would like a gift from Santa this year, please fill out this form with your letter and when/where you would like to pick up your toys! If you have any questions, please email [email protected] You can pick up your gift at Scottish Rite (150 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA) on December 19! You must pickup your gift in a vehicle and must stay in the car for the pickup process. We will be accepting letters to Santa until December 16. Due to Covid-19, we request that all letters be submitted online rather than mailed. We also ask that letters only be submitted for children in 8th grade or younger.



Santa’s workshop is full for 2021! We are no longer accepting volunteer sign ups, but if you’d still like to support the project, toy or monetary donations are still welcome!

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 check, cash, PayPal or Venmo (@Jaycee-Treasurer).

We also have sponsorship opportunities available. Interested in sponsoring a child? A family? A location? Please contact opsanta@pasadenajaycees.org.