Longview Hosts Blue Santa Event

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview police are trying to do their part to bring joy for families and children, by making Christmas wishes come true. Halls were decked and plenty of holiday spirit was on hand, as Pine Tree High School hosted "Operation Blue Santa."

"We really did it as an opportunity for any kid in the community to come out and celebrate the Christmas spirit and also to remember how very fortunate we are in this time," says Pine Tree senior Jennifer Little.

The program provides Christmas for families in need and today was all about kids having fun. Children were given the chance to make decorations, reindeer antlers, listen to Christmas stories and write letters to Santa.

"I want a dog, a cat, ice cream and a picture and a Barbie," says 7 year old Mekiah Patterson.

"Well the payoff for us is to see the smiling faces on the kids that sometimes don't get the chance to experience Christmas," says "Blue Santa" Longview police officer Rolf Kotulla.

Not everyone is turning in a wishlist for themselves. Eight-year-old Tara Story asked Santa to bring her sister some toys and a new roof for her Grandmother's house.

Elves with "Operation Blue Santa" will distribute presents to qualifying families Christmas week.

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