Members of local law enforcement experienced the joy of Christmas giving as citizens brought toys, bicycles and money for Blue Santa on Tuesday December 3 as the 2019 toy drive wrapped up. Many families brought their children, who personally handed over dolls, games and even bicycles with big smiles on their faces. More than one local business donated up to a dozen boxed bicycles. Employees of local industry pooled their donations and turned in sizable amounts for Blue Santa. During the final hour, a steady stream of drivers were pulling up to hand cash or checks to SSPD Sgt. Josh Schufeldt and his team of volunteers. The money will be used to purchase additional toys for the more than 800 Hopkins County children on the 2019 list. Joy in giving was felt by those giving as well as those taking the donations!
Through the final afternoon and evening, the donation trailer gradually filled up with boxed and bagged toys and the row of parked bicycles grew to over 50! As of 7 pm Tuesday, monetary donations had grown to over $13,000.00. Last year, Blue Santa money donations amounted to over $18,000 with bicycle donations of almost 100. Now, donations of all kinds will still be accepted at the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department for the next few days. Blue Santa Distribution Day is Sunday December 15.