Santa's Helpers

Meet our 2022 Operation Santa team! We are very excited to continue this meaningful project by serving the San Diego community this holiday season. 

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Ashley Burke

Santa Hat

About Ashley:

Ashley is currently a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology. She joined Alpha Phi Omega in the Winter of 2021 as a part of the Beta Theta class. In her free time, she likes to binge Netflix, play sports, and read.

Why Op Santa?

“I am fortunate to experience a time of love and companionship with my friends and family during the holiday season. I was introduced to Operation Santa last year and I love its mission to share the holiday spirit with families in need. I would like to take a more prominent role in Operation Santa’s mission this holiday season and spread joy to others”

Favorite part about the holidays?

During the holidays, Ashley loves getting together and eating good food with her family as well as bingeing countless Hallmark holiday movies.

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Michael Leung

Santa Hat

About Michael:

Michael is a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a major in Human Biology. He joined APO in the fall of 2021 as part of the Beta Kappa class. In his free time, he likes to go to the beach, cook, and explore San Diego

Why Op Santa?

"Winter holidays have been a special time for me where my whole family has gotten together and express love for each other through gifts and quality time. As someone who is extremely grateful to have the privilege to receive many holidays with family and friends, I want the chance to give back to the community and excited to help spread some of the joy and love to families around the area."

Favorite part about the holidays?

My favorite part of the of the holidays is cooking with family members. Cooking was a great way to bond and get closer to some of my older family members which I wasn’t as close to at first.

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Jackie Huang

Santa Hat

About Jackie:

Jackie is a 3rd year at UCSD studying Neurobiology with a Studio Art Minor. She joined APO in Fall 2020 as part of the Beta Theta class. She enjoys painting and watching bad reality TV shows in her free time.

Why Op Santa?

“When I first joined APO and heard about Op Santa, I remember thinking what an amazing project it was to be able to give so much joy to so many families. Although gifts are often just physical objects, they bring great excitement and warmth and everyone deserves to experience that. I’m excited to work toward that goal and support this unique community in sharing the holiday spirit!”

Favorite part about the holidays?

Jackie’s favorite part about the holidays is having an excuse to set up cute decorations and make warm desserts.

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Harsheta Cavale

Santa Hat

About Harsheta:

Harsheta is a 4th year at UCSD pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science. She joined APO during Fall of 2021 as part of the Beta Kappa class. In her free time, she likes to bake and watch TV!

Why Op Santa?

"The holiday season has always been a time that I have enjoyed as it is so cheery. I place great value in being able to give back to my community and Op Santa truly aligns with that. I enjoyed participating in the outreach last year and am excited to be a part of it again!"

Favorite part about the holidays?

Harsheta's favorite part about the holidays is being able to bake a lot of treats to give to her family and friends.

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