About Santee Santas

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.

Board of Directors

Channing Dawson

Santee Firefighter
Board Member since 2018

Marie Gregory (Board Secretary)

Floral Designer
Board Member since 2005

Tonya Hendrix (Board President)

Retired Teacher-Santee School District
Board Member since 2012

Jerelyn Lindsay (Board Vice President)

Retired Santee School Administrator
Board Member since 2003

Ginger Owens

Retired Graphic Designer
Board Member since 2020

Diana Meza

Santee School District
Board Member since 2010

Linda Vail (Board Treasurer)

Retired Santee School District Executive Assistant
Board Member since 2016

Kyle Whissel

Board Member since 2019


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. Santee Santas shopped for and delivered groceries and essential items to help seniors home bound by Covid 19 restrictions.

Food and Toy Distribution

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.

Annual Reports

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