Chuy’s event yields 20% gain in gifts

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Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

about the non­profit af­ter Blue Santa of­fi­cials con­tacted the bureau about the ap­pli­ca­tions in July but didn’t get a re­sponse un­til Septem­ber.

Mean­while, Blue Santa of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day that they are pleased with the out­pour­ing of sup­port and do­na­tions they have re­ceived this year.

Do­na­tions dur­ing the an­nual Chuy’s Chil­dren Giv­ing to Chil­dren pa­rade Satur­day yielded 20 per­cent more gifts than last year, of­fi­cials said, but they are still await­ing fi­nal do­na­tions of gifts and money dropped off at po­lice and fire sta­tions around the city.

“Slowly but surely we are plug­ging away,” Po­lice Chief Art Acevedo said Wed­nes­day.

Pa­rade par­tic­i­pants usu­ally do­nate about 25 per­cent to 33 per­cent of the pro­gram’s an­nual toy vol­ume, but this year, the num­ber of toys reached 40 per­cent, said Joe Munoz, a su­per­vi­sor with the Po­lice De­part­ment’s com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fice.

The pro­gram hopes to give gifts to about 15,000 chil­dren Dec. 15.

On Fri­day, Blue Santa will hold a fundraiser break­fast from 6 a.m. un­til noon at the Shoal Cross­ing Event Cen­ter, 8611 N. MoPac (Loop 1) Blvd. It’s free but dona-

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