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December 16th, 2008
Blue and Brown Santa comes to town

Children all over the world are anxious for Christmas Day; hoping they’ve been good enough all year for Santa to grant their wishes.

For thirty-four years, the Blue Santa Program of The San Marcos Police Department has done all it could to help grant those wishes. Officer Danny Arredondo and his fellow officers at the SMPD placed “drop boxes” in and around the city for locals to make selfless donations to less fortunate children who might not have had such a fulfilling Christmas otherwise.

The term “Blue Santa” refers to an officer in uniform who hands out the donated gifts to children in our community. The officers who participate in the charitable cause are all volunteers who give their time to ensure a Merry Christmas for all of the children in San Marcos.

It was required that the donations were new and unwrapped toys, check or cash donations made directly to The Blue Santa Program, or gift wrapping materials. Organizations were even encouraged to provide volunteers to help wrap the presents that were donated.

“In 1996, Officer Sowards helped the program grow by recruiting more organizations to assist, such as The San Marcos Police Academy Alumni Association and Texas State sororities and service clubs,” Arredondo said. “By being involved, we will make sure that each child has a Christmas in San Marcos.”

However, Blue Santa isn’t the only strangely-colored Santa Claus trying to brighten up our little corner of the world. The Hays County Sheriff’s Department sponsors a Brown Santa program.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the Hays County Brown Santa Program can do so by mailing it to Hays County Brown Santa P.O. Box 1475 San Marcos, TX 78667. Checks should be made out to “Brown Santa.”

For more information on The Blue Santa Program, contact Officer Danny Arredondo at 754-2270.

by Krista Almazan

Photo credit: Christina Zambrano

Photo courtesy of San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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