AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department kicked off their Saturday morning at 8 a.m. by delivering packages to children and families as part of their Operation Blue Santa program.
Officers and volunteers met at the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa headquarters in southeast Austin where the packages were already loaded into vehicles with addresses provided for the deliveries. The volunteers then let the Blue Santa staff know how many deliveries they wanted to make for the day, and received their assignment.
Operation Blue Santa was started in 1972 by two APD officers who wanted to make a difference in their community during the holidays. When they noticed that some of the families around them would not have food or gifts at Christmas time, they began their operation out of the back of a patrol car, serving 20 families.
Today, the program serves over 6,000 families and 14,400 children. To learn more, visit their website.
It takes all hands on deck to make @Austin_Police Operation Blue Santa delivery day a success. We couldn’t do it without our communities support! From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone that helped spread holiday cheer. #CommunityPolicing pic.twitter.com/mtYFhcqx1s— Chief Brian Manley (@Chief_Manley) December 15, 2018