Thursday, October 30, 2008
Over a decade ago, officers with the Bryan Police Department began a small project to help less fortunate families during the holiday season. Originally called “Christmas on Beck Street,” and coordinated by Officer Angel Martinez, the project was able to help a number of families on Bryan's west side provide gifts for their children on Christmas.
Now called the “Blue Christmas Project,” the operation has grown to encompass residents throughout the city. Organizers collect thousands of donated toys and dollars each year, and both are redistributed back into the community to help less fortunate families in Bryan. The project is currently organized by the Bryan Police Officers’ Association (BPOA) who solicits information from officers within the Bryan Police Department, as will as members of the public, to determine which families will receive assistance.
The Bryan Police Officers’ Association is collecting new and gently used toys for this year’s Blue Christmas. The Blue Christmas Project will take place on December 20th. The BPOA has placed numerous decorated boxes throughout the City of Bryan for citizens to donate toys to support Blue Christmas. If you have toys that you would like to donate to Blue Christmas, place the toys in the box and the BPOA will pick the toys up.
The Blue Christmas boxes are currently at the following Bryan locations:
CVS located on the corner of Villa Maria and Texas Ave
Walgreens located on the corner of Villa Maria and Texas Ave
Dollar General located at 211 North Main Street in downtown Bryan
HEB located at 1905 Old Hearne Rd and Texas Ave
Apple Tree located at 2000 East Hwy 21
Bryan Police Department located at 303 East 29th
Brazos County Sheriff’s Office located at 1700 W. SH 21
Wal-Mart located at 2200 Briarcrest
A toy drive will take place at First Friday in Downtown Bryan on December 5th.
If you would like to make a monetary donation or volunteer for Blue Christmas please call the Bryan Police Department at 979-209-5300.
Please support the Bryan Police Officers’ Association’s Blue Christmas Project. Donate a toy today. It is through the partnership with the public that the Bryan Police Officers’ Association can make a different in our community.
Officer J.B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer
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