Operation Santa Claus raises $611,636 for Valley charities


**Thank you Arizona! You can still DONATE ONLINE: givetotheclaus.com**

The 16th annual Operation Santa Claus kicked off Nov. 16 on ABC15, and every person who gives to the holiday charity drive will have a chance to win a brand-new car. 

Operation Santa Claus is an Arizona tradition and partnership between ABC15 and Sanderson Ford to collect food, toys, clothes and monetary donations for Arizona charities. Arizona radio stations also promote and participate in the fundraiser on their stations. 

DONATE ONLINE: givetotheclaus.com

This year’s charities are: St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Military Assistance Mission (MAM). 

Operation Santa Claus runs through Dec. 20, and culminates the following day with a “human chain” of volunteers who help deliver all the collected goods to Arizona families in need. 

Donation drop-off locations are:

  • ABC15 Studios – 515 North 44th Street – Phoenix
  • Sanderson Ford – 6400 North 51st Avenue – Glendale
  • Sanderson Lincoln – 2121 West Bell Road – Phoenix
  • All of The UPS Store locations across the Valley

People also can make online donations anytime throughout the campaign at givetotheclaus.com.

Anyone who donates to Operation Santa Claus will be entered to win a brand- new car! Sanderson Ford and Lincoln will randomly select one lucky donor to win the choice of a 2017 Ford F150 Supercrew or 2018 Lincoln MKC.  Fifteen finalists will also receive a $100 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced on Dec. 21 during ABC15’s Sonoran Living at 9 a.m.

ABC15 and Sanderson Ford and Lincoln are proud to partner with iHeartMedia, Bonneville Media, Hubbard, Media, CBS Radio, Papa John's Pizza, Arizona Coyotes, Four Peaks Brewing and The UPS Store locations for this year’s drive.  

For more information go to givetotheclaus.com.