The Blue Santa program needs donated gifts before Christmas.
The Friendswood Police Department and Friendswood Police Officers Association sponsors the holiday gift program, Blue Santa and has done so for 25 years.
Officers accepts new, unwrapped toys. The program provides gifts for children and makes the holiday season brighter for those who might otherwise be without gifts for Christmas.
The deadline for accepting generous donations from the community is Dec. 16. Police employees and volunteers collect, sort, wrap and distribute the gifts before Christmas.
Donations for wrapping paper and batteries are also accepted by Blue Santa workers. The Blue Santa program does accept cash and check donations and grocery gift cards.
The Friendswood Blue Santa program serves Friendswood families in their time of biggest need. This includes children who are victims of domestic violence, those in the care of Child Protective Services in foster homes, and families struggling to make it from month-to-month.
According to FPD, the Blue Santa program grows each year and the number of gifts it needs grows too.
Donors can give grocery gift cards and new toys only (no plush animals, bears, or any used toys). Program recipients are boys and girls from infant to 12 years old.
Donations can be dropped off at the Friendswood Public Safety Building at any time.
Toy ideas include dolls (Barbie, Disney), art and craft supplies, electronic games, remote control cars and helicopters, action figures, sports balls (footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs), developmental toys (Baby Einstein, Bright Starts and Fisher Price), play/activity mats for infant tummy time, bouncers, jumpers, Leap Frog leap pads, learning tablets, board games and Legos.
Other gift ideas include cars and trucks, dinosaurs and dragons, iPods, headphones, earbuds, hoodies for teens, sports gear, jerseys, skateboards, makeup kits, fashion jewelry, colognes nad perfumes, personal gaming systems, Game Stop and iTunes gift cards, baby blankets, undergarments for girls/boys/teens, and socks.
Donors who bring toys to the Parks and Recreation office in Friendswood City Hall between Nov. 28 and Dec. 9 will receive a $5 discount on a $10 unlimited ride wristband for Santa in the Park Dec. 10.
Story by Karolyn Gephart