The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is asking the public for financial donations for this year’s SMPD Blue Santa Program, which will undergo a major transformation this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Each year, SMPD collects donations andcoordinates volunteers in order to present toysto over 350 families, which includes between1,000 and 1,500 children, in the San Marcosarea for the holidays. Additionally, SMPD alsoassists gift-giving efforts for organizationsincluding the Court Appointed SpecialAdvocates (CASA), the Texas Department ofState Health Services, Texas Family and ChildProtective Services, the Children’s andWomen’s Shelters, Centro Cultural Centerkids program and the Southside CommunityCenter. The SMPD Blue Santa Program is the largest holiday toy giveaway in San Marcos each year.
“With the onset of COVID-19, we expect that providing gifts for children will be a greater challenge for many more families this year,” said Laray Taylor, SMPD Corporal and the organizer of the SMPD Blue Santa Program. “We hope our community sees this as a way to come together during the Christmas season, even if it’s at a distance, to show that every child in San Marcos deserves a visit from Santa.”
Unlike previous years, toy donations cannot be accepted, but the public can still help by making a socially distant financial contribution. Donations will be accepted through PayPal, or check, which can be made out to San Marcos CPAAA Blue Santa and mailed to:
The San Marcos Police Department 2300 Interstate 35 S San Marcos, TX 78666 Attn. San Marcos CPAAA Blue Santa Account