Our Mission

The mission of the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is to provide toys and food for families in need during the Holiday Season.  We achieve this goal with the goodwill and support of Austin residents, businesses, and civic groups.  Through generous contributions, we provide families with a full holiday meal and toys for each child up to the age of 14.  Packages are delivered to the family by our volunteers – Santa’s Helpers.

History of Austin Police Operation Blue Santa

Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a 501(c)(3) – non-profit, community based corporation, governed by a board of directors and staffed by volunteers and employees of the Austin Police Department.  Support is provided by the Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utilities and the Texas National Guard, area businesses, organizations, and the Central Texas community.  This charitable outreach began in 1972 when two patrol officers realized that some families on the patrol beat would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas. 


Each year we provide each family we serve with a full holiday meal, complete with turkey/chicken and all the trimmings, and wrapped Christmas gifts for each child under age 14. Our service began with about 20 needy families, this year we will easily serve over 5000 families. This is only possible because of the goodwill and big hearts of Austin’s citizens, businesses, and civic groups that support us each year.  Thank you Austin and surrounding communities!

    Blue Santa Origins!  An interview with Retired Lt. Ernie Hinkle on how Austin Police Operation Blue Santa got started.