Operation Santa 2016
Youth helping youth doing it tough
11 November 2016
Through the Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal each Christmas season, shoppers are encouraged to buy an extra gift while doing their shopping to leave under the Christmas tree in their local Target store (or make a donation). These presents are collected by churches and UnitingCare community service organisations for use with Christmas programs in that particular region. Each year these ‘Target trees’ are filled with wonderful gifts. There continues to be, however, a shortfall in the number of gifts for the teenagers in their programs.
In order to ensure that UnitingCare organisations have enough gifts for teenagers, please join us!
All you need to do is:
- Register your group here
- Prepare the hearts and minds of your young people
- Collect gifts & fundraise for donations to buy presents for teens
- Send youth representatives to the State Celebration Event on Friday night 11 November 2016.
Operation Santa Youth Event is an opportunity for you to open the conversation with your group around generosity, simplicity, the gift of giving and the work of their church in action through UnitingCare community service organisations.
Not a youth or youth leader?
Visit the national UnitingCare Christmas Appeal website to learn more about how you can help.
Not in metro Adelaide?
There are UnitingCare community service organisations all over South Australia that would love your support. Please let us know if your group participates in Operation Santa even if you can't make it to the state-wide event. Register here.
Downloads available for Operation Santa Youth Event:
Operation Santa 2016 Leader's Guide (1.7 mb PDF)
Bible Study and Devotional Resources
Devotion: What's Your Star? (359 kb PDF)
Devotion: Santa, a Christian Figure? (394 kb PDF)
Living the Jesus Way - Simplicity II (362 kb PDF)
Living the Jesus Way - Simplicity (265 kb PDF)
Living the Jesus Way - Generosity II (344 kb PDF)
Living the Jesus Way - Generosity (262 kb PDF)
Operation Santa Forms
Letter to parents for youth attending state event (29 kb Word document)
Permission Form (39 kb Word document)