UCSD students joined in on “Operation Santa,” an annual fundraising effort to help families in need all over San Diego County.
On Nov. 92 members of the service-orientated fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, wrapped presents for families who have been nominated to receive food and gifts in time for the holidays. This year, they worked student organizations to raise enough funds to adopt more than 100 families.
“This year, it’s more critical than ever to help those in need. We received many nominations for families who are suffering from the tough economy,” said Alpha Phi Omega organizer, Miller Huang. “We can really see the positive impact of our work on these families when we deliver the gifts in person. I was fortunate enough to believe in Santa Claus and to have something to open on Christmas day during my childhood. I want to help as many kids as possible get the same experience.”
Many of the “Operation Santa” families the fraternity helps are led by single mothers, including mothers who are victims of domestic violence, facing illness, experiencing the loss of a family member and others who are struggling financially.