Operation Santa Claus raises $1.1 million for Valley charities

Posted at 12:35 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2017-12-21 12:28:25-05


**Thank you Arizona! You can still DONATE ONLINE:**

The 16th annual Operation Santa Claus was a major success at ABC15 thanks to YOU! We raised $1,103,124 for Arizona charities.

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. 


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

People also could also make online donations anytime throughout the campaign at

Everyone who donated to Operation Santa Claus was entered to win a brand-new car! 2017 Ford F150 Supercrew or 2018 Lincoln MKC from Sanderson Ford. 

See video of the winner above!

Fifteen finalists also received a $100 Visa gift card.

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.  

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