Santa's Helpers

Meet our 2021 Operation Santa team! We are very excited to continue this meaningful project by serving the San Diego community this holiday season. 

Alexander Tran

Santa Hat

About Alex:

Alex is currently a 4th year at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in General Biology. He joined Alpha Phi Omega in the Fall of 2019 as part of the Beta Eta class and is pursuing a career in medicine.

Why Op Santa?

"I have grown up in a lower income household and seeing that some people are unable to enjoy the holidays gives me a sense of purpose in wanting to become someone that can give and help others enjoy the holidays. I view the holidays as a time of giving and I want to be able to give back as much as I can."

Favorite part about the holidays?

Alex's favorite part about the holidays is just having the time to be able to spend with his family since there haven't been many opportunities to do so since going to college. He also enjoys being able to see his younger cousins have fun while opening presents.

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Amanda Lee

Santa Hat

About Amanda:

Amanda is currently a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a major in Human Biology and a minor in Human Developmental Sciences. She joined APO in the spring of 2019, as part of the Beta Zeta class. In her free time, she likes to paint and try new food spots!

Why Op Santa?

"The last two years, I have had the opportunity to help with Operation Santa. From being an adopter to delivering presents, I have found tremendous excitement while taking part in the project. As it is my last year at UCSD, I want to take on a greater role and I hope to share a little bit of love and joy to others during the holidays."

Favorite part about the holidays?

Amanda enjoys the energy and festivities the most during the holidays, such as seeing Christmas lights and making cookies. She loves to rekindle and catch up with family and friends at the end of the year.

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Callista Tse

Santa Hat

About Callista:

Callista is a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a B.S. in Global Health and a minor in Psychology. She joined APO in the Fall of 2019 as part of the Beta Eta class. In her free time, she likes to watch shows on Netflix, cook, and explore San Diego!

Why Op Santa?

"The holiday season is a time of year that is filled with love and happiness, and to share that same warmth that I am fortunate enough to experience with the San Diego community, is truly special. Op Santa is meaningful to me as it aligns with my future goals of helping underserved and marginalized communities and I hope we will be able to share the holiday spirit with as many families as possible!"

Favorite part about the holidays?

During the holidays, Callista enjoys watching Christmas movies with her brother, wrapping presents, and being surrounded with family and friends.

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Joanne Yan

Santa Hat

About Joanne:

Joanne is a 4th year at UCSD pursuing a B.S. in Human Developmental Sciences and a B.S. in Psychology. She joined APO during Fall of 2019 as part of the Beta Eta class. In her free time, she likes to journal and catch up on TV shows!

Why Op Santa?

"While my family does not celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense, the holidays are still a time to get together with family and friends. Being able to gather your loved ones at the end of the year is a blessing and makes the holiday season extra meaningful for me. I want to be able to share even the smallest bit of this warmth and happiness that I feel to others."

Favorite part about the holidays?

Joanne's favorite part about the holidays is bundling up at home with a cup of hot cocoa and binge watching a good show.

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