AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the holiday season kicks into full swing, Operation Blue Santa is looking for volunteers to help make this time of year special for those a little less fortunate. The non-profit will be holding several upcoming events where patrons can donate toys and cash donations.
The Austin Police Department kicked of their annual Christmas drive this morning with a silent auction at KOKE Austin where patrons were treated to breakfast and music this morning. Assistant Police Chief Frank Dixon estimates they currently have enough donations to help about 4,500 underprivileged youth and hope to garner even more donations at their upcoming fundraising events.
“Every single dollar that’s raised here is this morning is going back directly the community. Back to kids who probably wouldn’t have as merry of a Christmas as others would if not for the Blue Santa program,” said Dixon.
Next, week there will be a car show, which includes a free car show, live music by the Clutch Kings, door prizes and a special appearance by Santa; a toy drive and a fishing tournament where residents can drop off more toys, clothes, and other gifts. A complete list every Blue Santa donation drop-off can be read here.
If you’re interested in volunteering, Dixon shared its not too late to sign up. Go online to www.bluesanta.org and click on the side panel that says ‘Volunteer.’ People can reserve a time slot at signup.com/go/acvVoei to help with any of these events.
Blue Santa also needs volunteers to participate in delivery day on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 starting at 8 a.m. where guests will help deliver toys to families. These are the four locations the nonprofit will deliver gifts from:
Operation Blue Santa Warehouse (main location)
4101 South Industrial Dr. | Austin, Texas 78744
APD North Substation
12425 Lamplight Village Ave | Austin, Texas 78758
APD East Substation
812 Springdale Road | Austin, Texas 78702
APD South Substation
404 Ralph Ablanedo Dr. | Austin, Texas 78748
For more information about Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, visit www.bluesanta.org or call (512) 974-2583.