Services and History

Austin Police Operation Blue Santa has been a program for the Austin Police Department since 1972.  This charitable outreach began when two protrol officers realized that some families on their 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 Fire Department, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utilities, and the Texas National Guard.

Each year, Austin Police Operation Blue Santa serves more than 3,800 families, with 15,000 children in those families receiving gifts. in the past few years our numbers have increased to more than 5,000 families with 20,000 children we will be serving this year.  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 Austin Police Operation Blue Santa.

Austin Police Operation Blue Santa provides toys and food for families in need during the holiday season.

Donate or Volunteer Today

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 Helpers.

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.

Come Join Us!  Austin Police Operation Blue Santa opens its doors to welcome volunteers each year beginning the first week after Thanksgiving.  Individuals who which to help sort and package gifts may drop in at their convenience during the hours of operation listed on the web-site (  Groups of 8 or more are also welcome and are asked to reserve a time slot in advance.

All deliveries this year will be made on Saturday, December 16th.  On that day volunteers begin lining up in their vehicles at 8:00 a.m. to pick up packages to be delivered to their designated families who anxiously await their arrival.

We Need Your Help!
 We gladly accept the following:   (All donations are tax-deductible)

  - Donations by cash, check or credit card  
  - Non-perishable food items Unwrapped new toys (no weapon type toys please).  
  - In-kind services  

It is in the spirit we are asking for your assistance in support of our 45th year of operation to spread Christmas cheer to our local families in need.

Donations may be dropped off at any Austin Fire Station and other locations listed on our website.  Web-site:  www. .

Headquarters location:  Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, 4101 South Industrial Drive #260, Austin, TX 78744

Mailing Address
:    Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, P. O. Box 689001, Austin, TX 78768-9001

For more information on how you can help or get involved, please call 974-BLUE  (974-2583)