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Posted on: November 12, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Kick Off the Holiday Season with SMPD’s Blue Santa

Photo of two women sitting on the ground wrapping gifts for the annual SMPD Blue Santa event.

The San Marcos Police Department and the San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association are now accepting toy donations and gift-wrapping volunteers for the 2019 Blue Santa Program. Gift wrapping will take place between Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.

Established in 1972, the SMPD’s Blue Santa program has provided toys to local children who might not otherwise have gifts for the holidays.

Each year, between 70 and 130 volunteers attend SMPD’s Blue Santa gift-wrapping events. Each event is a good opportunity to celebrate holiday togetherness with friends, neighbors, local businesses and organizations.

The San Marcos Blue Santa gift-wrapping location is at 750 Barnes Drive, Suite 100 (between Target and JC Penney). Volunteers are needed to wrap and package toys on the following dates with toys being distributed on Dec. 21:

• Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

SMPD is accepting monetary and toy donations for the Blue Santa program. Donations may be dropped off at the San Marcos Police Department, 2300 IH 35 South. Checks should be made out to SMCPAAA for Blue Santa. Only new, unused toys will be accepted. No stuffed animals will be accepted.

For more information, contact Corporal Laray Taylor at For media inquiries, contact


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