Santee Santas Foundation is state Sen. Brian Jones’ pick for Senate District 38’s Nonprofit of the Year, his office has announced.

The group led by board member Tonya Hendrix is known for its annual holiday children’s toy and food drive, which benefits 300 needy families in the community.

The foundation’s senior outreach program ensures that seniors living alone or in senior care facilities are not forgotten over the holidays.

“Tonya and her all-star, all-volunteer team at the Santee Santas Foundation has become one of the most recognized, respected and appreciated nonprofit organizations in our community,” said Jones, a former Santee City Council member.

“They embody the spirit of Christmas by bringing an entire community together each year to deliver joy and fellowship to hundreds of children and seniors in need. I am honored to be Santee Santas’ representative, and I look forward to helping them serve more people each year.”

The 38th District includes Alpine, Escondido, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Borrego Springs and parts of the City of San Diego.

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