Operation Blue Santa
Help brighten a child’s holiday season!
Velocity is accepting toy donations at all Velocity branches or you can make a monetary donation through Velocity online banking (now extended) through December 10.
About Operation Blue Santa:
Operation Blue Santa has been a program of the Austin Police Department since 1972. This charitable outreach began when two patrol officers realized that some families on the patrol beat would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas.
What began with gift distributions to 20 families from the back of a patrol car has become a massive effort in partnership with the Austin Community, the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, the Austin Parks and Recreation and Austin Energy.
Each year, Operation Blue Santa serves more than 6,500 families, with 14,000 children in those families receiving gifts. The community is generous in their support, contributing to many events, including the Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. All the toys collected during the parade are donated to Operation Blue Santa.