APD and AFD face off in 7th annual RetailMeNot shopping spree


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two minutes or less to collect up to $10,000 of merchandise.

That’s the rule for the 7th annual RetailMeNot, Inc. shopping spree. The company has again challenged both the Austin Police Department and the Austin Fire Department.

APD Chief Brian Manley and AFD Chief Joel Baker squared off Tuesday morning at the West William Cannon Drive Costco Wholesale.

“Today exemplifies Austin. This is an example of Austin giving back to those less fortunate in our community,” Manley said.

The shopping duel benefits Operation Blue Santa. All items collected will go to the program.

The departments gathered over $8,000 worth of gifts that will go towards their silent auction next year. (KXAN photo/Todd Bailey)

For the seventh year in a row, we are proud to once again partner with Operation Blue Santa for another shopping spree… We are thrilled at the opportunity to give back to Austin families in need, especially this time of year, making their holidays more joyous.

Marissa Tarleton, RetailMeNot CMO

RetailMeNot has been an Operation Blue Santa sponsor for several years. They’re looking to serve more than 4,000 families this year.

Delivery Day is Saturday, December 14, 2019. Those looking to help out can ‘adopt a family,’ stop by the warehouse and personally deliver gifts. Lines can be long, so both APD & AFD say to arrive early around 7 a.m. or earlier.

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