Orange Santa began in 1994 as a program designed to foster a more caring university environment by providing help for members of the university community in need during the holiday season. In December 2019, Orange Santa served 300 families, including 800 children. This year, we anticipate that more than 1,000 children will need gifts.
"I really appreciate the program and thank you for blessing my children with Christmas gifts." --2019 Orange Santa Gift Recipient
For 2020, Orange Santa has moved to a virtual program. Instead of collecting and distributing toys, we will provide families a gift card to a store of their choice to purchase gifts for their children. Families have the option of choosing a virtual gift card or arranging for an on-campus pickup.
Orange Santa is only possible through the support of the UT Austin community. As the program shifts from toys to monetary donations this year, the support from Longhorn Nation has never been more vital. Please consider making a gift today to support one of these families.
To donate via check, please visit the Orange Santa Donation Page.
"[I'm] very appreciative for this program and the wonderful people who donate and volunteer." --2019 Orange Santa Gift Recipient