From the Austin Police Department:
The Austin Police Operation Blue Santa needs volunteers to join in the fun of delivering packages to families and children starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016. Those wishing to volunteer do not need to sign up ahead of time; they can pick up packages at the Operation Blue Santa headquarters located at 4101 South Industrial Drive, Suite 260.
This event will occur regardless of the weather.
Volunteers are also needed to deliver packages at the following sites on the same day:
- Robert T. Martinez Sr. Central East Substation-812 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702
- Jaime Padron North Substation-12425 Lamplight Village Ave., Austin, TX 78758
- Clinton Hunter South Substation-404 Ralph Ablanedo Dr., Austin, TX 78748
Those going to the remote sites are asked to proceed to the main Operation Blue Santa warehouse after the satellite deliveries are completed. Only a few hundred deliveries will occur from aforementioned substations. Several thousand deliveries will occur at the main warehouse.
Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a charitable outreach effort created in 1972 by two APD patrol officers who realized that some families in their area would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas. The distribution began with 20 families from the back of a patrol car. Today, Austin Police Operation Blue Santa serves more than 6,000 families with 14,400 children receiving gifts during the holiday season.
For more information, visit www.bluesanta.org.