Operation Santa 2018

Youth helping youth doing it tough

9 November 2018

Through the Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal each Christmas season, shoppers make a donation or leave a gift under the tree. These funds and presents are collected by Target and given to UnitingCare community service organisations for use with Christmas programs in that particular region. It is amazing to see UnitingCare services have the resources to help people in need at Christmas. However, there is a shortfall of gifts for young people and while the donated funds are helpful, UnitingCare staff aren't always sure what kinds of gifts to get for teens in need. This is where Operation Santa Youth Event steps in!

We need YOU and your youth group to help us launch the Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal and to help get some age-appropriate gifts ready for young people accessing services this Christmas.


Please join us! 

All you need to do is:

  1. Register your group by emailing Julianne at unitingcareenews@sa.uca.org.au
  2. Prepare the hearts and minds of your young people
  3. Collect gifts & fundraise for donations to buy presents for teens
  4. Send youth representatives to the State Celebration Event on Friday night 9 November 2018.

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 young person 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.


Operation Santa 2012

Downloads available for Operation Santa Youth Event:


Bible Study and Devotional Resources


Operation Santa Forms