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Donations from members of the university community provide the inventory for the Orange Santa Holiday Store.

All donated toys or gifts should be new, in the original packing, and unwrapped. Wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons and gift cards are needed to wrap and label gifts once shoppers have made their selections. We ask that no food items be contributed. A list of suggested age appropriate gift items is available.

Opportunities for those wishing to make individual contributions

Campus Collection Stations
New, unwrapped toys or gifts in original packaging, gift certificates and wrapping supplies will be collected at UT guard stations and parking garage offices on the main campus and at the Pickle Research Campus from Monday, November 3 through Friday, December 5. In addition, there are numerous locations where gift items will be collected. Please check the list of Campus Collection Stations for the site nearest you.

Songs of the Season
Songs of the Season is a holiday sing-along presented by choral organizations from the Butler School of Music. This annual program on the west steps of the Main Building concludes the donation drive for the Orange Santa program. In final preparation for the Holiday Store, Orange Santa and many helpers will be present to accept donations and fill a replica of the UT Tower with toys. Hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of the Office of the Dean of Students.

December 5, Noon • West Mall steps of the Main Building
Sing-along with UT Choirs.
Song sheets will be provided.


Athletic Events
In partnership with Orange Santa, Texas Sports will collect toys at the following athletic events:

Saturday, November 22, 2014 • 3 p.m.
UT Volleyball vs. Kansas
Gregory Gym

*Sunday, November 30, 2014 • 5:30 p.m.
UT Women’s Basketball vs. Tennessee
Frank Erwin Center

*Tuesday, December 2, 2014 • 7 p.m.
UT Men’s Basketball vs. UT-Arlington
Frank Erwin Center

*Receive a Buy One, Get One FREE voucher in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy while tickets are available at these selected events.

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Cash Donations
Cash contributions to Orange Santa are also welcome. Cash donations are used to purchase gift items needed to supplement the donated toys and enhance gift options for those shopping in the Holiday Store.

Donations may be made online. Simply enter the amount you wish to contribute into the box located to the right of the "Office of the President" gift area of the online form. The sub department on the form should be preset to "Orange Santa."

You may also contribute by delivering or sending a check to:

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Littlefield Home, 2nd Floor, Campus Mail Code: G3403

Checks should be made payable to “The University of Texas at Austin” and coded “Orange Santa” in the memo line. Please do not send cash through campus mail. For more information, contact Joon Tackett or call 471-7753.

Cash donations are tax deductible for the calendar year in which they are given.

Gift Certificates
Gift certificates should be treated the same as cash donations. It is suggested that a gift card have a $10 value.


Opportunities for those wanting to sponsor a donation drive

One of the most popular Orange Santa activities has been "donation drives" sponsored by individuals, departments and organizations.  A donation drive can be a contest among several organizations to see which can gather the largest number of toys, a silent auction to raise cash funds to purchase items for the Holiday Store, or an individual decorating a box, placing it in a departmental office and encouraging colleagues to fill it with toys and gift items.  All provide needed resources for the Orange Santa program.

Please note that donation drives should be held in time to allow for delivery and distribution of the toys and gift items during the operation of the Orange Santa Store (December 6- 8).  Cash donations can be contributed throughout the year.  Funds not used this year are used to purchase items at wholesale cost for the following year.

Donation drives can reflect the nature of the sponsoring entity, whether it is an academic unit or a student organization.  For suggestions on creative ways to collect items for the Orange Santa Holiday Store or to arrange delivery of those items, contact
Melissa Huddleston.

For your convenience, Orange Santa Donation Station signs are available for download in large and small sizes.        

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