Orange Santa has a message for those in our UT community who are in need this holiday season.

The application period is now closed. Note: Approval emails will be sent the week of November 29.


2021 Orange Santa Program

Orange Santa will once again provide gift cards (one per eligible child, see below for requirements) to UT families experiencing need during the holiday season. Gift cards will be distributed in person (virtual gift cards will not be offered this year). Applicants will receive information regarding the pick-up process in their approval email. 

Giftcards will be distributed at an Orange Santa Festival held on Saturday, December 4, on Main Campus. Families are invited to pick up their gift cards and enjoy a holiday treat and a photo with Orange Santa. If applicants are unavailable Saturday, December 4, alternate times are available Friday, December 3 and Monday, December 6. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be current, regularly appointed University employees or students. Applicants who participate in the UTemps and all other temporary employees are not eligible. 

Applicants may request assistance for their minor children (17 and under) who reside with the applicant and for whom the applicant has legal duties of care and financial responsibility. Legal proof in the form of birth certificates or school records may be requested. Relatives and other children who do not fit these criteria are not eligible for assistance.

Application Procedures

Applications open early November. Applications should be made online by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 19. Applications are available in English or Spanish. Applications received after 5 p.m. on November 19 will not be considered.

Applicants must have a UT EID and password to apply online. If applicants need assistance determining or resetting their EID and password, they are asked to call the UT Help Desk at (512) 475-9400.

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