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TETCO Kicks Off Operation Blue Santa with $10,000 Donation: Funds will help buy toys for 12,000 underprvileged children

SAPD Chief William McManus accepts a $10,000 donation from TETCO Vice Chairman Jon Turner (second from left) while getting assistance from Blue Santa and TETCO Vice President Rick Turner.More than 12,000 underserved children and youth, ages 3 to 12, will wake up Christmas morning to find a gift under their tree thanks in part to a $10,000 donation by TETCO and the Turner family given to SAPD Chief William McManus and coordinators of the Blue Santa Program during a presentation Nov. 30 at TETCO store No. 81, 1202 NE Loop 410.

“The men and women of the San Antonio Police Department do so much for the community by helping and protecting our citizens,” said TETCO Vice Chairman Jon Turner. “So to see them go above and beyond to make sure that our city’s underprivileged children will receive a gift for Christmas, we are proud to support the Blue Santa Program.”

During the check presentation, McManus thanked TETCO and the Turner family for their generous gift, which will allow the Blue Santa Program to purchase more than 12,000 Christmas presents for the children and youth on Blue Santa’s list.

“We truly appreciate the continued support TETCO has provided to the Blue Santa Program over the past four years,” McManus said. “TETCO has been one of our main contributors, and because of this there will be a lot of happy children with smiles on their faces when they wake up on Christmas Day.”

In addition to the $10,000 donation, TETCO is encouraging its customers to make a cash donation or purchase a paper, blue Santa hat for $1 at all of its San Antonio stores from now until Dec. 31 in support of Operation Blue Santa. All proceeds benefit the Blue Santa Program.
TETCO launched Operation Blue Santa in 2008. Since then, it has donated more than $125,000 to the San Antonio Police Department’s holiday program.

“Because of our wonderful and loyal customers, Operation Blue Santa continues to be a success,” Turner said. “And once again, we are asking them to open their hearts in helping us raise funds for presents for thousands of disadvantaged children in the Alamo City.”

SAPD officers will deliver toys this Christmas to more than 12,000 kids on Blue Santa's list.

In 1976, the Blue Santa Program began when officers from the Community Relations Unit adopted needy families at Christmas time. The officers provided these families with groceries for Christmas dinner and presents for their children. These police officers, wearing their blue uniforms, became known as “Blue Santas.” Each year, the success of the Blue Santa Program depends on the generous contributions from local businesses, civic organizations, and countless San Antonio residents.

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