Chuy’s event yields 20% gain in gifts
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-