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December 13th, 2010
Operation Blue Santa applications due Dec. 15


Operation Blue Santa is underway at the San Marcos Police Department and the public is invited to assist Santa by making donations and participating in gift wrapping and toy distribution.

Applications for assistance from Operation Blue Santa will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 15 and may be downloaded in English or Spanish at They may also be picked up at or returned to the following locations:

  • Texas Department of Health & Human Services, 1901 Dutton Drive
  • Southside Community Center, 518 S. Guadalupe Street
  • San Marcos Police Department, 2300 IH 35 South

Individuals applying for assistance must provide proof of residency inside the San Marcos city limits and the children listed on the application must reside in the applicant’s household.

“Blue Santa represents a police officer in uniform who gives a toy to a child in need within our community,” Blue Santa program coordinator Officer Danny Arredondo said. “SMPD is proud to have participated in Operation Blue Santa for 34 years and we hope to bring Christmas joy to more than 900 San Marcos children this year.”

Donations for Blue Santa will also be accepted until Dec. 15. Requested items include new unwrapped toys, cash or check contributions and gift wrapping supplies.

Blue barrels are available for new toy donations at the police department, San Marcos fire stations or city hall, 630 E. Hopkins. Cash or check donations may be made at the San Marcos police Department. Volunteers are also needed to assist Blue Santa with gift wrapping, sorting and delivery as follows:

San Marcos Police Department, 2300 IH 35 South

  • Tuesday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Toy Wrapping
  • Thursday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Toy Wrapping
  • Monday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wrapping & Transfer to Activity Center

San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins

  • Tuesday, December 21, 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Toy Wrapping & Bagging
  • Wednesday, December 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Toy Distribution & Pickup

Approved Blue Santa applicants will receive a letter about toy pickup scheduled at the San Marcos Activity Center on Dec. 21. The letter must be presented at the toy distribution. Gifts not picked up by 2 p.m. on Dec. 22 will be delivered by SMPD and Blue Santa elves on Thursday, Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please contact Officer Arredondo at 512-754-2270 or by e-mail at

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