Victoria College staff donates toys to VPD’s Blue Santa

On a bright pre-Christmas morning, VC Admissions Analyst Elena Sanderson (right) helps Senior Patrol Officer Shane Wallace (left) load toys donated by VC to “Blue Santa” sponsored by the Victoria Police Department.

This Christmas, Victoria College is helping the Victoria Police Department make Christmas brighter for 500 local children who otherwise might not get a gift at all.

VC Admissions Analyst Elena Sanderson recognized that there are probably a lot of children in Victoria who are also bearing the consequences of the current economic hardship. But this is where she knew that she and her co-workers in the Admissions Office could make a huge difference. So Sanderson, along with Frances Bolen, Cecelia Brubaker, Wendy Carmichael, Missy Klimitchek, Tammi Olsovsky, Betty Ramirez and student worker Kaye Risinger, started gathering toys.

“The economy is hard on many in our community, but children shouldn’t have to miss out on Christmas,” said Sanderson. “So, instead of exchanging gifts with each other this year, we all agreed to buy gifts for donation to the police department’s Blue Santa. We also put the word out around campus asking all our co-workers to donate as well.”

The response was a success. Many of the faculty and staff at VC also donated toys.

“This is perfect,” said Senior Patrol Officer Shane Wallace of the VPD, who is in charge of rounding up donations for Blue Santa. “We were short on gifts for about 100 of the kids in the program. Today’s donation from VC definitely took care of them.”

Each needy child on Blue Santa’s list will receive three gifts.

According to Wallace, officers and volunteers from the community will be busy wrapping gifts until Saturday morning at 9 a.m. That’s when Blue Santa and all his Elves in Blue load up the gifts and set out into Victoria to distribute them personally to all the children on Blue Santa’s list.

“We set out together with Blue Santa with our lights flashing and make a big deal over it,” added Wallace. “Then we all go out to the homes of these kids and deliver their gifts.”

Published: Thursday, 16 December 2010

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