2022 Blue Santa Toy Drive Under Way Dec. 1-2 At Walmart

Priority Deadline to Register for Toy Assistance Continues Through Dec. 2

Hopkins County, Texas — The 2022 Blue Santa Toy Drive kicked offed of this morning at 7 a.m. in Walmart parking lot and will continue through Dec. 2, 2022

Working together with CANHelp, the Sulphur Springs Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, the Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County Fire Departments, CJ Duffey, Choice Hospice, and members of numerous ministries, businesses, organizations, and individuals once again have joined resources to collect and provide toys for children ages 1 to 14 years who currently reside in Hopkins County.

Sign up applications are available online at www.canhelponline.org until December 2. Distribution will from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10,  at First United Methodist Church, located at 301 Church Street in Sulphur Springs.

This year’s official Blue Santa Toy Drive will be held on Dec. 1 and 2, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Walmart parking lot, located on 1750 South Broadway Street in Sulphur Springs.

“Because of everyone’s generous support, we all help a child receive a toy for Christmas,” said Blue Santa coordinators.

In addition to toys and bicycles, monetary donations will also be accepted at the toy drive Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-3, to purchase additional toys to ensure each child on Blue Santa’s list receives a few toys each.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on December 1, CJ Duffey and Choice Hospice will be selling brisket lunches for $5 each at the Blue Santa site in Walmart parking lot; all proceeds will be donated to Blue Santa. These lunches will include a barbeque sandwich, a bag of chips, dessert, and a bottle of water.

If you purchase five or more lunches and live within the city limits of Sulphur Springs, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse, Sulphur Springs Police and Fire Department, and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Department will deliver them. Call 430-252-9096 to schedule delivery or reserve your brisket lunch.

The Cowboy Grinch also made an appearance, along with Blue Santa

The Blue Santa Toy Program has also placed blue barrels at stores, businesses, financial institutions, car dealerships, nursing homes and other facilities around the community to receive new unwrapped toy donations. These blue barrels will have the Blue Santa seal and a Blue Santa QR code should any wish to make an electronic monetary donation.

Locations of Blue Santa barrels are the following:

Looks for these specially marked Blue Santa barrels in the community to make new toy donations.
  • Dollar General Stores:
    • Como
    • Birthright
    • Highway 154
    • Main Street in Sulphur Springs
  • Grocery Supply
  • Burgers and Fries
  • Hopkins House
  • Atwoods
  • Guaranty Bank & Trust (919 S Broadway St)
  • Fix and Feed
  • City National Bank (201 Connally St)
  • Alliance Bank (308 Church St)
  • Cash Saver
  • Jay Hodge Chevrolet (478 Wildcat Way)
  • Brian Toliver Ford (1040 Gilmer St)
  • Fire Side BBQ
  • West Oaks Funeral Home
  • Rock Creek Nursing Home
  • Sunny Spring Nursing Home
  • Soulman BBQ
  • First Baptist Church
  • The One Church
  • State Farm Insurance (530 North Hillcrest)
  • Professional Land and Title
  • Head 2 Toe Nutrition
  • County Club
  • Red River Credit Union
  • Cody Drug (offering a free B12 shot with any unopened toy donation through Dec. 9)

Blue Santa program will also be participating in the Lions Club’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade Friday night. If you miss them at Walmart, bring you new unwrapped toy donation to hand to Blue Santa’s helpers as they pass by.

For additional information, contact CANHelp at 903-885-9797, ext. 3, or the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office at 903-438-4044.

CJ Duffey and other Choice Hospice volunteers serve up brisket sandwiches, offered along with chips, a dessert and water as a brown bag lunch for a $5 donation, as long as supplies last during the Blue Santa Toy Drive in Walmart parking lot Dec. 1-2. With proceeds benefitting the Blue Santa program.

Author: KSST Contributor

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