The Hays County Brown Santa program has started its annual drive for money, food, and toys to assist families in need in Hays County. The program consists of volunteers from the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and members of the community.
Brown Santa seeks donations from citizens and local businesses for toys, canned goods, and money. Last year over 650 families were given assistance in food and/or toys throughout Hays County.
Due to Covid related issues, toy shortages and food price increases will be a huge problem for Brown Santa this year.
Toy donations are being accepted for all age groups up to 16 years of age.
Donated toys can be dropped off at one of the locations below or arrangements can be made for pickup.
Money contributions in the form of a check or money order made payable to “Hays County Brown Santa” can be mailed to Hays County Brown Santa, P.O. Box 1475, San Marcos, TX 78667.
Payments can also be made on Venmo or the Square. Please go to the Hays County Brown Santa Facebook page to make the donation on the site.
The deadline for accepting unwrapped toys will be December 10, 2021, and for wrapped toys December 13, 2021. All toys will be wrapped on December 11, 2021, from 9:00, am to 12:00 noon and on December 13th & 14th from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Children are welcome in the warehouse to help out! Masks are at your discretion and social distancing is encouraged.
The San Marcos and Kyle Police Departments have Blue Santa programs so any families residing within those city limits must apply with them for assistance.
All other families residing within Hays County can pick up applications at one of the following locations listed below.
The deadline for accepting applications will be December 8, 2021, at 5:00 pm.
- San Marcos: Hays County Sheriff’s Office located at 1307 Uhland Road, San Marcos.
- Kyle: Pct 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith located at 5458 FM 2770, Kyle.
- Buda: Pct 5 Justice of the Peace Scott Cary located at 500 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda.
- Wimberley: Pct 3 Justice of the Peace Andy Cable located at 200 Stillwater Rd Ste 104, Wimberley.
- Dripping Springs: Pct 4 Hays County Office located at 195. Roger Hanks Parkway, Dripping Springs.
This year, families seeking assistance will need to pick up their food and toys on a designated day, time, and location.
When signing up, they will be given that information. In the past, deputies and helpers delivered the toys and food directly to the family’s homes.
Those interested in assisting in the Brown Santa program or making a cash donation may contact Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez at 512-393-7877.
Hays County Brown Santa would like to wish the citizens of Hays County a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Written by Corridor News