Through community donations Christmas gifts are provided to these families. The gifts include a grocery gift certificate for Christmas dinner items and gifts for the children, including stockings with candy and stuffed animals.
The gifts are delivered on a specific date to the families’ homes by Santa Claus and McGruff the Crime Dog. Santa and McGruff are escorted by uniformed and non-uniformed Police Department Personnel, including volunteers and Chaplains.
We also bring enough candy-filled stockings and stuffed animals to present to any child we might encounter along our route. The delivery day always begins with a stop at the Pediatric Ward at Mercy Medical Center where gifts and stuffed toys are distributed
Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit Christmas Program formed in 1991 and sponsored by the Redding Peace Officers’ Association with the assistance of the Redding Police Department.
Over the years the program has evolved somewhat but the basic concept has remained the same; to assist families with children that might not otherwise have a Christmas. The program has grown from 3 families and 15 children in 1991 to 30 families and over 100 children in recent years.
Recipients of the program are families with whom Redding Police Department personnel, including volunteers and Chaplains, have come in contact with during the year. We also receive referrals from schools as well as Shasta County Children and Family Services. We are trying to help families that are experiencing difficult situations during the holiday season.
We are currently seeking donations for the Blue Santa program. All donations are tax deductible. If you wish to participate there are several categories that are available:
$100 sponsor single child
Grocery gift cards
New stuffed animals
General Donation Any amount
Please make checks payable to Redding Peace Officers’ Association with “Blue Santa” in the memo line.
Our tax ID number is 23-7297659.
PLEASE SEND ALL DONATIONS TO:
REDDING PEACE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
PO BOX 492256
REDDING, CA 96049