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Posted on: November 8, 2022

Blue Santa Program Marks 50th Year Serving San Marcos Families, Applications Due November 28

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Marcos Police Department is now accepting applications for its 2022 Blue Santa Program. This year, the San Marcos Police Department will partner with the Texas State University Police Department to provide toys for kids in the community.

The program is celebrating its 50thyear of serving local families and is the largest annual holiday toy giveaway in San Marcos. Each year, the Blue Santa Program distributes toys to over 350 families.

“It’s touching to see the impact the Blue Santa Program has had on families in San Marcos over the years,” said San Marcos Police Officer and Blue Santa organizer Laray Taylor. “One year, I met a father who brought his children to help wrap presents prior to distribution. He said that the program had provided for his family when he was a kid, and he wanted his children to help give back to others in the community.”

The San Marcos Police Department implemented the Blue Santa Program locally in 1972. Since then, thousands of toys have been distributed to local children. 

Applications are available online in English and Spanish at sanmarcostx.gov/bluesanta. Applications are also available for pickup at the San Marcos Police Department, 2300 S IH 35 and the Health and Human Services Department, 1901 Dutton Drive. 

Completed applications must be returned in person to the San Marcos Police Department. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, November 28. 

Toy distribution will take place at 303 N. Edward Gary St. on Friday, December 16. There will be no toy deliveries; all gifts must be picked up between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Due to space limitations, there will not be an opportunity for volunteers to participate in gift wrapping events. However, community members are invited to support the Blue Santa Program by making monetary donations in person or by mail to the San Marcos Police Department, Attn: Blue Santa. Checks should be made out to San Marcos CPA Blue Santa. All donated funds will be used to purchase toys.

For more information, contact ltaylor@sanmarcostx.gov. For media inquiries, contact communicationsinfo@sanmarcostx.gov

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