The Hill Country Christmas Bureau elves said they've gotten caught in the crossfire of bad publicity with the Austin Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County.
Santa's helpers in the Hill Country said their donations are way down and that no one has donated any cash at all this year.
"When the [Austin police] chief made the comment about 'Don't donate to the Christmas bureau, ' I just cried," said Brenda Miner, of the Hill Country Christmas Bureau.
Miner has reason for concern after Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo's press conference denouncing the Austin Christmas Bureau on Thursday.
Her organization has been working side by side with Cedar Park Police, Leander law enforcement and other Hill Country businesses, schools and communities for decades. Every year they collect toys for adopted families, but this year has been the toughest yet.
"That is not us," said Miner, referring to the troubled Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County. "We need those donations. We need the toys. We have thousands of kids that are expecting toys."
Joyce Inberg is a 3M employee who has been bringing toys on behalf of her company for many years.
"They're my friends," said Inberg. "I trust them, and they trust me that I'm going to do my part and bring gifts for the kids."
Lauren Bingham stopped by Friday to drop off more than 300 children's books. Her organization, the Leander Independent School District Education Excellence Foundation, has also worked closely with the Hill Country Bureau for years.
'We hope that word will get out quickly that the Hill Country Christmas Bureau is accepting donations and that they do have their operation up and running," said Bingham.
For now, their long-term partners are keeping the toys coming. But with Christmas closing in, they hope they'll be able to make up all the donations lost so far through no fault of their own.
Anyone interested in donating to the Hill Country Christmas Bureau can do so by going to their website.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.