Help provide toys and food for Austin families in need during the holiday season. There are lots of ways to volunteer with the Austin Police Department's Operation Blue Santa.

Get involved with Austin's Blue Santa

Want to help Austin families in need during the holiday season? You can volunteer your time or donate financial resources - or both! Here are some of the ways you can help.

  • Sort gifts in the warehouse. We have various volunteer shifts available.   
  • Help deliver thousands of gifts to children all around Austin - rain or shine! 
  • Host a Blue Santa event. 
  • Make a financial donation to Blue Santa, online or mail a check. Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a 501(c)3  non-profit, community-based corporation.
  • Partner with us. If you're an organization offering products or services for free or at a discount, we'd love to discuss how we can work together this holiday season! 
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About the Blue Santa organization

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.

How Austin's Blue Santa started

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. This year we will serve over 5,000 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.