Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop 2022


The 32nd Annual Santa’s Workshop is happening! The event is getting a bit of a makeover, but there are still several ways you can get involved.

About this event:

This December, WesternU’s Student Government Association (SGA) will host its 32nd Annual Santa’s Workshop in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and University Student Affairs (USA). Historically, over 250 foster children and their families are invited to the WesternU campus for a traditional holiday meal, activities, entertainment and presents from Santa and Mrs. Claus. For many of the children in our program, this is their big gift for the season.  Given the challenges that many families face due to the pandemic and economic challenges, we feel it is critical that as a University, with a mission built on compassion, humanism and caring, we must make this event happen; just in a modified way with safety as our priority. We need our incredible WesternU family’s help to make this holiday season special in the lives of our little guests. 

How it’s changing:

Social workers will deliver the personalized gifts to all children. Many families have difficulties with transportation, so this ensures that all children on the list receive the gift purchased for them.

In addition to the personalized gifts, we will host an on-campus, outdoor event for the children with food, games, crafts and photo opportunities. 


How you can be involved:

Every child on our list will receive a personalized gift. The social worker meets with the family to build the list and we need every child sponsored. Click the link below to view the requested items. All gifts need to be delivered to campus by Tuesday, November 22, 2022, wrapped and labeled. 

57 children still need a sponsor

Every dollar given will go towards helping provide gifts and giveaways for the event.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 for 2022! Any unused funds for this year will be saved for future Santa’s Workshop events.
Make a gift online today! No amount is too small.

We know that not all children will be able to make the in-person event, but we want to make the experience amazing for those who can make it! We are in need giveaway items like the ones listed below and certainly open to your ideas as well. 

Please consider donating times like:
Craft kits, small denomination gift cards, candy canes, packaged candy, crayons, coloring books, non-perishable food items. Any unclaimed items will go to the social worker for delivery to the individual homes.

E-mail with your ideas.


Santa’s Workshop started with the WesternU DO Class of 1994, read more about its beginnings here. Thank you for creating this incredible event. 

This event is not a WesternU fundraising activity. Any monetary contributions or donated presents will directly benefit the children within the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) system. 

Questions? Contact University Student Affairs |