Kris Burns

Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner

Social Services Agency
Operation Santa Claus

Kris BurnsPictured from left to right, honoree Kris Burns presented with the Excellence in Volunteerism Award by Operation Santa Claus program coordinator Dee Azevedo.


Each year, the Operation Santa Claus (OSC) program provides gifts and toys to deserving children living throughout Orange County. Hundreds of volunteers support OSC primarily during the holiday season by unpacking and sorting thousands of donated gifts. Kris Burns is a very special volunteer who has extended her commitment beyond the program’s busy months of November and December to serve as a year-round OSC volunteer. Over the past year, Kris dedicated more than 100 hours to ensure a joyous holiday season for hundreds of needy children and their families.

Children and teens served through OSC may be homeless or living in foster care, group homes or temporary housing. Some have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. The youth receive services through the County of Orange Social Services Agency, Health Care Agency, OC Community Resources, Child Support Services and Probation Department.

In 2017, Kris’ tireless efforts and ongoing commitment assisted OSC in distributing more than 41,500 gifts to the children and teens served through the program. She enthusiastically provided support in multiple ways, from preparing solicitation brochures and letters that were mailed throughout the community to sorting and packing donations prior to and during the holidays. In addition, Kris organized hundreds of foster parent voucher requests in preparation for the holiday season. During the busy months of November and December, she assisted holiday shoppers, including social workers, parents, foster parents and health care and service providers.

Kris stands out for not only dedicating her time, talents and energy in support of OSC, but also for donating gift cards that are especially appreciated by teens and personally providing toys and gifts for other age groups so that supplies never fall short. Her involvement insures that every child and teen served by OSC experiences the spirit and happiness of the holiday season.

Kris is a trustworthy individual with a strong sense of community service and remarkable organizational skills. She is a pleasure to work with and her dedication inspires others to get involved. For her many contributions, Kris is truly worthy of our utmost appreciation and our highest level of recognition.

Thank you and congratulations to Kris Burns, recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Volunteerism Award!

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