Splendora PD needs toy, cash donations for annual Blue Santa

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus donned blue attire for Blue Christmas at Splendora Police Department on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Families were invited to have their photo taken with the Clauses before picking up their toys and food baskets.

With Christmas just around the corner, the staff at Splendora Police Department are gearing up for their Fourth Annual Blue Santa Toy Giveaway, set for Saturday, Dec. 11. Donations are needed from community residents and businesses to ensure that the 277 children who are selected for the Christmas event will get some of the items on their wish list, according to Monica Enloe, a spokesperson for Splendora Police Department.

“We are in the crunch time. We have a week and a half left to raise money and gather the items needed for the toy giveaway,” Enloe said. “We have a great need for bikes and gifts suitable for teens.”

The 277 children, ages 1-18, were selected based on a needs assessment by Splendora ISD staff. All of the children are either students at Splendora ISD or are the younger siblings of students.

“Splendora ISD helps us identify the children. The families are given an application and the children then are asked to give us a wish list of some items they hope to get for Christmas,” Enloe said.

All of the items, except for the bikes, will be wrapped and ready for the families at the Dec. 11 giveaway.

All donations are tax-deductible through the Splendora Police Officers Association, which was started a couple of years ago as a charity to assist Splendora officers during a time of need. The non-profit is now involved in the Blue Santa events.

“Anything that is donated – 100 percent of it will go toward the purchase of toys and gifts for the children,” Enloe said. “Any toy or gift car, or monetary donation will be greatly appreciated.”

To make a donation, stop by the station at 26092 FM 2090, Splendora. For more information, call Splendora Police Department at 281-689-3448 or send an email to menloe@cityofsplendora.org.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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