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 2020, Orange Santa served 464 families (almost twice as many as the 2019 program), including more than 1,000 children. This year, we anticipate the need to be great once again, and plan to assist 1,150 children.
"This Christmas has become better with your support!" 2020 Orange Santa Gift Card Recipient
"Thank you for the Amazon giftcard! This means so much. I appreciate our community and am so grateful and hope to donate next year." --2020 Orange Santa Gift Recipient
For 2021, Orange Santa will continue as a mostly 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 will pick up their gift card in person and have the opportunity to participate in holiday festivities at the same time.
Orange Santa is only possible through the support of the UT Austin community. As the program has shifted from toys to monetary donations, 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 to the Orange Santa for helping give my kids some holiday cheer with a gift to open." --2020 Orange Santa Gift Recipient