Beaumont Police Department held their annual blue Santa program on Tuesday. A night where the police department travels around the city delivering gifts to families that are less fortunate this holiday season. Heather Russell with Blue Santa Toy Run Committee, says this is what Christmas is all about.
“Being able to make them happy even just for a moment just makes you all warm inside,” said Russell.BPD handed out presents to 136 children across Beaumont. These gifts are extremely special for Leonardo Carrera and his family after they lost their house in a fire in November.
“It’s nice this year hasn't been very good for us,” said the 16-year-old Carrera. “Receiving these gifts it's good. Like we are going to have a good year this year.”
This year the Blue Santa toy run committee was able to raise over 16,000 dollars for the BPD Blue Santa program, despite Harvey destroying many of the committee member's homes. For Russell and the toy run committee, it is important that the community support that was felt initially after Harvey, is still being felt during the holiday season.
“The community came out in leaps and bounds over, to get together and help each other demo houses,” said Russell. “Just being able to provide Christmas for these families so their families don't have to worry about is going to be a lot of good for these families.”
Hopefully bringing joy to a lot of faces that might not have had a reason to smile otherwise.