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Operation Santa Claus

Every year, thanks to the generous contributions of corporate partners, holiday packages are delivered to our deployed Canadian Armed Forces members worldwide who are away from loved ones during the holiday season.

At CFMWS, we are proud of our military, the things they have done, and all they continue to do for the country. During the holidays, it is particularly important to show that they are always in our thoughts.

Operation Santa Claus care packages contain comforts of home and provide our military with the comfort in knowing that the nation recognizes their dedication and sacrifice. The packages continue to be an integral part in helping lift the spirits of the deployed members during the difficult time away from their family and friends.


Operation Santa Claus is a year-long effort that can’t be completed without the generous support and contributions of our corporate partners. Each year, from January to March, Operation Santa Claus actively seeks contributions from Corporate Canada to fill the packages and to lift the spirit of the deployed troops over the holidays. The following is a timeline of the Operation Santa Claus Program:

If you have received an Operations Santa Claus package this year, please use the link to take a 2 minute survey and let us know what you thought. Your feedback is important in order for us to continue to improve the quality of the packages.


Canada has a long and proud tradition of supporting various missions all around the world, making sure to bring aid to those who need it most. Unfortunately, serving our country means often missing certain things at home, and that includes being away from their loved ones during the holidays.

In 1992 three soldiers who had experienced firsthand how difficult the holidays could be separated from family, decided to make a difference. LCol Dave Marshall, Maj Roger Gauthier and Maj Bert Larsen (G1 Services 3) decided that if Canadian soldiers couldn’t be at home for the holidays, perhaps they could bring a piece of home to them. In order to be able to get what they wanted out to the thousands of deployed men and women around the world, they needed help from their community and local businesses. The support and generosity from their community, and eventually all Canadians, was bigger than they ever thought possible. Eventually, a warehouse was needed to store everything, with Army Cadets and Scouts helping to package all the gifts when the time came.

Once the packing was complete, the next issue was logistics. How were they going to send thousands of packages out to all our deployed men and women? Finally, the committee identified a ship leaving from Quebec City that could convey the gifts, which meant packing up the trucks and heading off to Quebec City.

Despite their best efforts, once they got there they found out that the ship had already departed without their precious cargo. The committee was not willing to give up. They knew these gifts were too important, a way to lift the spirits of our troops and let them know that people were thinking of them at home during the holidays. However, after a flurry of phone calls, the ship was convinced to turn back to port and the gifts were loaded aboard.

With that shipment, Operation Santa Claus was born, and every year since for the past 26 years, this tradition has been kept alive through the generosity of the Canadian people and corporate Canada. Each year Op Santa delivers a small piece of hope, home and love during the holiday season to soldiers who have given up so much for duty, honour and their country.