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Event: Blue Santa Toy Run
Date: 16-Dec-00
Location: Austin, Tx
Description: Each year, the Austin Police Department solicits donations of toys and food for families that are not so fortunate during the holiday season.  This year, some 32,000 families were assisted by the Blue Santa efforts.

I drove the jeep to the old Municipal Airport where we waited in line.  At 8:00am, we were loaded up with large boxes (supplied by Dell Computer) containing toys for the children in the sponsored family.  We were given a map of where the family lived and then directed to the freezer trailer where we were given a turkey or hen to deliver as well.  I also got to meet the Austin Chief of Police, Stan Knee.  At that point, we were released to deliver our boxes.

I delivered my two boxes to their families who were so grateful and appreciative of the program.  These truly are people who don't have a lot.  Period.  It's such a joy to see their faces light up when a large box of presents arrives.  You know it would not have been a true Christmas without the delivery.

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00_toy01.JPG (19762 bytes) Here's the jeep prior to loading up the boxes of presents...  First in line as well and I made it on the 7:00am news with a live broadcast of me and the jeep...
00_toy02.JPG (10924 bytes) Here I am with Police Chief Stan Knee loaded and ready to head out...


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