Nomination Forms

are now closed.

Adoption Forms

are closing Nov. 17th!

Our Mission

Here at Operation Santa, we are driven by a single goal: to spread the spirit of the holidays to those in the San Diego area by providing as many families as possible with food, clothing, and toys. For many of the families who ask for our help, the upcoming holiday season may be the first time they experience waking up to presents under the tree.

Achieving Our Mission


Finding Families That Need Help

  • Around early-October, we begin posting flyers at various establishments in different San Diego counties (e.g. La Mesa, Lakeside, El Cajon, Chula Vista, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley) that contain our contact email address, deadline to receive nominations, and the information we require about the nominated family.

  • We also have been fortunate enough to receive air time from local radio and TV morning shows to promote awareness of our project and solicit nominations sent to our email address.

  • After our deadline passes, the Operation Santa committee will make the decision on which families we can help based on their needs and our current funding situation.

After Families Have Been Selected

  • Once families have been selected, they will be notified via email and phone, and a wish list will be requested during the phone call. If the children still believe in Santa Claus, we will ask the parents to guide their children in writing a "Dear Santa" letter asking for the items that we can afford (this will reinforce their belief in Santa Claus once they see that they received what they asked for).

  • The Operation Santa committee will then purchase and wrap the gifts, and deliver the gifts to the families at their residence by mid-December.

Our Funding

  • Since we are college students, we are limited by the amount of funds we can raise. Our organization (APO) budgets a set amount for the project each year (based on membership dues that have been paid), and some of our own members/alumni are generous enough to donate out of their own pockets.

  • We also work concession stands at Qualcomm stadium, setup coin wars and restaurant fundraisers and sell food on campus at UCSD. Local grocery stores (Food 4 Less, Ralphs, Vons, Henrys) and restaurants (Souplantation, Hometown Buffet) have donated gift cards and meal passes.

How to Get Involved


We accept nominations of families in need from all around San Diego County. You can either nominate your own family or the families of your friends, neighbors, or co-workers. We choose the families most in need from these nominations and we try our best to help them out!

Sign up to adopt a nominated family! By adopting, you will be helping a family during this holiday season. You will receive the nominated family's wishlist and from there you can shop for gifts and basic necessities for the family. You will also have the opportunity to contact your adopted family directly and deliver the gifts personally!

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Operation Santa an even better Non Profit Organization than it already is. We accept donations throughout the year. Anything is appreciated!

*Alpha Phi Omega is a 501c3 organization & donations may be tax deductible to the extent allowable by law..

Santa's Team of  Elves

Be a leader. Be a friend. Be of service. These are the building blocks and cardinal principles that govern the members of Alpha Phi Omega. All our elves are members of the Rho Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity at the University of California, San Diego. Here, we perform over thousands of hours of community service in San diego each year (www.aporhopi.club) and we wanted the chance to be even more involved with our community. As a result we started Operation Santa.

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Contact Our Team

Get in touch with Operation Santa to learn more about our work and how you can get involved!

We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions!


Alpha Phi Omega, ATTN: Operation Santa

9500 Gilman Dr. 

La Jolla, CA 92093