Happy Santas volunteer distributing gift to childPadua House is a residential program for those from the ages of birth to 35 with profound disabilities and intellectual challenges who are medically fragile. 

Happy Santas is a program that was created to provide holiday cheer and support to the residents and staff of Padua House, a Catholic Charities program. In a world of cynical consumerism, the simple joy on the face of a challenged child when they receive a treasured toy or badly needed item of clothing will touch your heart. 

Although we can’t visit them in person this year due to the health and safety restrictions due to the pandemic, Happy Santas will continue to be a light of love and hope for them. We are committed to purchasing items such as toys, personal hygiene products, clothing and more from a “wish list” to support everyone at Padua House.

We understand that this has been a very challenging year for so many due to the pandemic and it’s financial impacts. We don’t expect everyone to be able to donate, but if you can, please consider supporting the residents of Padua House with a financial gift.

Package levels range from $150 – $5,000+.

Happy Santas is fiscally sponsored by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation.


$150.00       Elf Sponsorship: Provides toys, clothes and toiletries for one child and caregiver

$500.00       Reindeer Sponsorship: Provides gifts for four children and their caregivers

$1,000.00    Santa Claus Sponsorship: Provides gifts for eight children and their caregivers

$2,000.00    Hanukkah Sponsorship: Provides gifts for sixteen children and their caregivers

$5,000.00+  Guardian Angel Sponsorship: Supports a facility improvement project

Any donation amount is welcomed and appreciated.


To donate by mail, send check payable to Louisiana Hospitality Foundation:

Louisiana Hospitality Foundation

P.O. Box 24046

New Orleans, LA 70184

Questions? Call Jennifer Kelley at (504) 913-5980.


Thank you 2019 Supporters:

Happy Santas 2019 group photo

Title Sponsors – $5000+

Gwen & Todd Graves

In Memory of Tom Bradshaw

Hanukkah Sponsors – $2000+

Becky & Mel Ziegler, Bud’s Broiler

David Piscola, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Santa Claus Sponsors – $1000+

Jane Ann & Walter Blessey

Craig Accardo

Kathie & Eddie Jacobs

Sara & Ty Angeron

Margaret & David Blitch

Erin & Albert Nicaud

Barbara & Mickey Freiberg

Greg Reggio

Reindeer  Sponsors – $500+

Paul Rotner

Mary-Glenn & Barrett Miller

Teresa & Dave Cvitanovich

Derek Hailey

Sean Dowd

Paul Hendrick

Elf Sponsors – $150+

Courtney & Jacob Waguespack

Louis Gentry

Golden Concierge, LLC, Courtney Blitch

Gene & Randy Stein

Ron Blitch

Angela & Phil Colombo

In Memory of Jerry Romig

Kerrie & Brandon Kikendall

Robert Giancontieri

Bryan Hayden

Brandon Syme

Johnny Blue

Tiffany Cazabon

Patricia Cazabon

Maggie Boasberg

Jennifer Killian

Michelle & Peter Sclafani

Wendy & Paul Guillie

Glen Armantrout

Reed Ingram

Chenae & Chris Watermeier

Suzanne & Mike Edmonston

Debbie & Tony Abadie

In-Kind Sponsors

Drago’s, The Cvitanovich Family

Limousine Livery, Aaron Dirks

The Bergeron Girls, Singing Group

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Gerald Turlich Jr.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto

George Long Photography

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Mary & CJ Minor

Ed Renton

Ballard Family

Mike Maenza, Swegs Kitchen