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.

 

OUR GOALS

 

  • To get the support and goodwill of Austin residents, businesses, and civic groups with generous contributions.

  • To provide families with food and toys for each child up to the age of 14

  • To have our volunteers deliver gift packages to selected families.

  • To also have the community and businesses adopt families.

 

WHAT WE DO

We provide gifts, toys, and gift cards for families in need during the holiday season. Our service began with about 20 needy families, this year we will easily serve over 6000 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!

OUR HISTORY

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, Austin Independent School District Police Department, area businesses, organizations, and the central Texas community.  This charitable outreach began in 1972 when two patrol officers realized that 20 families on their patrol beat would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas. For years we provided each family a full holiday meal, complete with turkey/chicken and all the trimmings, and wrapped Christmas gifts  for each child up to the age of 14.  Our service began in 1972 with 20 needy families. This year we will easily serve over 6,000 families. This is only possible because of the Austin citizens, businesses, civic groups, foundations and the community that supports us each year. Thank you, Austin!

Who We Are

Our Board

EXECUTIVE TEAM
BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT

VICE PRESIDENT

TREASURER

SECRETARY

HISTORIAN

PARLIAMENTARIAN

Margarine Beaman

Community Representative

Justin Berry

Austin Police Association Representative

Marie Bynum

Austin Police Department

Billy Carter

Community Representative

Wayne Maines

Austin Community College

Belinda Romero

Community Representative

Margarine Beaman

Community Representative

Scott Stephens

Community Representative

Mike Sheffield

Austin Police Department

Vacant

Margarine Beaman

Community Representative

Todd Pomroy

Austin Fire Department

Mike Sheffield

Austin Police Department

Scott Stephens

Community Representative

Debbie Stone

Community Representative

David Trinidad

Community Representative

Kevin Wooden

Austin ISD Police Department

In the Beginning

An interview with Ret. APD Lt. Ernie Hinkle - a founder of Austin Police Operation Blue Santa.