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Photo taken of an Operation Santa member with a family receiving gifts.

Oct 28 - Nov 30

Operation Santa in Need of Elves

For some, the holiday season is synonymous with shopping for gifts and bountiful meals shared with loved ones. Yet this experience is not the reality for all families. To help those who may not have the means to celebrate, students in UC San Diego’s Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity are collecting food, clothing and toy donations as part of their annual Operation Santa program.

Each November, Alpha Phi Omega members from the Rho Pi chapter match students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members with individuals and families to sponsor for the holidays. For those who would like to get involved and “adopt” an individual or family, you can submit your contact information by November 30, 2021 to be matched. Alpha Phi Omega will provide a wish list that can be used to select items to donate that would most benefit the family; the expected cost per individual is $25. The fraternity is also accepting online contributions to support the fundraiser.

To ensure the safety of adopters and nominated families, individuals can request e-gift cards in lieu of physical gifts. Adopters will also have the option to directly deliver gifts to families, deliver gifts to Operation Santa Drop Off locations or have gifts picked up. Alpha Phi Omega hopes to resume their annual tradition of hosting a gift-wrapping workshop in November, so that adopters wrap their gifts on campus if they would like, following all UC San Diego safety guidelines.

For those who would like to learn more, visit the Operation Santa website.


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