It’s Secret Santa time when some community members need your help

Hello Laguna Beach friends, community and out of county/state donors,

This year we will be doing a Secret Santa for two Laguna Beach families and one senior citizen who are in need. Secret Santa has been going on for 20 plus years now. This online payment platform is secure and is the same one also used by Thurston PTA and LBHS PTA.

Family 1: A mother and daughter who live in Laguna Beach. Mom has MS, lupus and Hashimoto’s disease. She works full time at a grocery store and her daughter attends Laguna Beach High School. They have been a regular Secret Santa recipient for many years now.

Family 2: A single dad and son who live in Laguna Beach. Mom is not in the picture ss she left when her son was a toddler. Dad works full time and volunteers. This family has been a recipient of the annual Secret Santa for 10 years. The son attends Laguna Beach High School.

Or if you prefer, please drop off or mail any gift cards to grocery stores, Visa gift cards, shops, restaurants, or any other gift cards you would like to donate. Please mail or drop off the gift cards to our home address to be included in the Secret Santa gifts: 499 Canyon Acres Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

No. 3: A senior citizen. i had a Laguna Beach female senior citizen reach out to me about the Secret Santa. She was wondering if we could help her. She is a homeowner in a teardown house that is more than 100 years old. She has no family, other than her beloved dog. Her home has no heating, but she has a portable heater she only uses in her bathroom, as she can’t afford a huge electric bill. Her tiny income is barely enough to cover her property taxes and extremely low-living expenses. She has a very simple wish list and thought perhaps some of you might be able to help donate some Trader Joe’s, CVS or Gelson’s gift cards.

Senior citizen wish list:

1. A warm bath towel (Does anyone have a used very warm bath towel size small or medium they no longer use?).

2. An anonymous family is donating warm blankets.

3. Warm pajamas (An anonymous family will purchase these.)

4. Warm sweatpants and a sweatshirt, size small (she’s 100 pounds and 5’2”).

5. Gift cards to Trader Joe’s (she goes to the food pantry once a week), CVS or Gelson’s.

If you do not wish for your name to be included in the Secret Santa gift, please write “Anonymous” in the checkout.

Here is a link to a previous Stu News story about the annual Secret Santa:

As always, for full transparency, community “watchdog” Sheri Morgan will count the money with me and all donations processed. Pictures and total amount given to each family will be provided.

To donate, go to

Kind regards,

Celine Macmillan

499 Canyon Acres Drive

Laguna Beach, CA 92651