Each year, the Orange County Social Services Agency's 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. Susan and Jerry Jahn are two very special volunteers who have extended their commitment beyond the program’s busy months of November and December to serve as year-round OSC volunteers. Over the past year, this husband and wife volunteer team has dedicated more than 360 hours to keeping the OSC warehouse clean and inviting and making sure that the gift-lined shelves are organized and well stocked.
Many of the children and teens served through OSC have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. They may be homeless or living in foster care, group homes or temporary housing. The youth receive services through the County of Orange Social Services Agency, Health Care Agency, OC Community Resources, Child Support Services and Probation Department.
As year-round OSC volunteers, the Jahns serve as role models and leaders for holiday volunteers. They demonstrate the importance and value of investing one’s time to help make a difference in a child’s life. Their hard work and commitment ensure that deserving children and teens living throughout Orange County share in the spirit and joy of the holiday season.
In 2015, as a result of Susan and Jerry’s outstanding leadership, tireless efforts and remarkable organizational skills, OSC distributed more than 35,000 gifts to local children and teens. During the program’s busy holiday season, Jerry set up and organized the check-in and check-out areas each day to efficiently facilitate hundreds of shoppers, including social workers, parents, foster parents and health care and service providers. Once he completed that task, Jerry quickly joined Susan in the OSC warehouse as she focused on sorting and organizing recent donations and helped maintain a safe, clean and welcoming environment for other volunteers and holiday shoppers.
Susan and Jerry are caring, trustworthy and resourceful individuals. What makes them special and worthy of our recognition is their commitment to community service, their unwavering support and dedication and their exceptional leadership skills.
Thank you and congratulations to Susan & Jerry Jahn, recipients of the 2016 Excellence in Volunteerism Award!
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