Welcome to Santee Santas

Bringing the spirit of the holidays to Santee for more than 67 years!

We are an all volunteer, non-profit organization bringing comfort and joy to Santee residents by providing food and gifts, especially during the holiday season.


Food and Toy Drives

The signature effort of the Santee Santas Foundation is an Annual Holiday Food and Children’s Toy Distribution.

Each year the food and toy drive begins with the Santee local elementary and high schools.  To collect food and toys, volunteers depend upon the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteers.  Food and toys are sorted and toys are wrapped.

All of this is then boxed in preparation for delivery to hundreds of Santee families just in time to spread Christmas cheer to some of those most in need of it.

Due to ongoing COVID concerns, Santee Santas must again adapt the Food/Toy Program for 2021.  This year, we will not be able to hold food drives at the schools or toy drives at local businesses.  But the Good News is…we will still have a Holiday Program for those qualified Santee families in need.  We are asking that you consider donating gift cards or monetary support to our program. You can drop off gift cards at these participating Santee business locations or go to our website to make a monetary donation. In addition, gift cards and monetary donations can be mailed to Santee Santas at P.O. Box 710033, Santee, CA  92072-0033.

Senior Outreach

The Santee Santas Foundation Senior Outreach Program focuses on senior citizens living in care facilities, mobile home parks and senior apartment complexes in the City of Santee.

This program reaches out to senior citizens at Christmas to ensure they are not forgotten during the holidays.

Each year floral arrangements are delivered to seniors living in Santee mobile home parks and over 100 stuffed animals delivered to patients in the Stanford Court Nursing Home.

The Senior Outreach Program continues to expand each year, as more seniors discover they may qualify for assistance from Santee Santas.

By request of the City of Santee, Santee Santas made several food deliveries to help stock Mobile Home Park food pantries. A Senior grocery delivery program was also implemented in the Spring 2020 and continued through May 2021. Santee Santas shopped for and delivered groceries and essential items to help seniors home bound by COVID 19 restrictions.

About Santee Santas Foundation

The Santee Santas Foundation is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) registered organization, providing help to members of our community living within the Santee School District and in need of assistance.

Santee Santas’ signature effort is an annual holiday children’s toy and food drive focused on bringing the Christmas spirit to some 300 families in our community. Our senior outreach program ensures seniors in our community who are living alone or in senior care facilities are not forgotten over the holidays. Our volunteers serve the Santee community throughout the year, and have done so for the past sixty years!

Santee Santas is an all-volunteer organization, with school district employees, City of Santee staff, firefighters, local businesses, service organizations, mobile home parks and local citizens working together to make each year’s endeavors successful. There are minimal administrative costs; all donations are tax deductible and all donations are used to assist families and seniors in need of help

Find a Volunteer Opportunity

All adult volunteers must complete the volunteer application and waiver below. 

Parents of volunteers under 18 should download and complete the child volunteer waiver and bring it to your child’s first volunteer event.

Santee Santas must again adapt our 2021 Holiday Program to follow Covid-19 concerns. Unfortunately, due to these concerns our 2021 Volunteer Program has once again been suspended. We hope to be up and running as normal for the 2022 season. Please complete a volunteer sign up if you would like us to contact you for the 2022 program.