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 2016, Orange Santa served 264 families, including 787 children.

The Orange Santa Holiday Store provides an opportunity for participating families to "shop" for gifts and toys for children in their immediate family. The store is stocked with items contributed through a campus-wide donation drive as well as items collected at special events.

Orange Santa is pleased to partner with the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association (HFSA) in promoting their Holiday Assistance Program, a companion project that provides assistance with a holiday meal.

Orange Santa and the HFSA Holiday Assistance Program provide resources for UT employees and students with special needs but they also serve as opportunities for the larger university community to contribute to those needs and participate in a special season of caring.


Orange Santa is sponsored by the Office of the President. It is a collaborative program involving many university units and friends as well as individuals and groups from colleges, schools and academic and administrative units across The University of Texas at Austin campus.

The University Co-op, the University Federal Credit Union and the University of Texas Club provide financial support for Orange Santa. Their contributions are greatly appreciated.