Hays County Brown Santa Looking for Christmas Elves
December 15, 2008:

The Brown Santa Program needs assistance in the sorting of toys and canned foods. Sorting days will be Wednesday December 17, 2008 at 9am to 12 noon and Thursday December 18, 2008 9am to 12 noon. Sorting location is the Old Best Buy building located in the Target shopping center in San Marcos.

All help is needed and will be appreciated. Please contact Lt. Guiterrez with the Brown Santa Program at 512-393-7877.

Thank you for helping Hays County families in need through donations and volunteering for the annual Brown Santa drive.

The Hays County Brown Santa program has started its annual drive for money, food, and toys to assist families in need in Hays County. Brown Santa seeks donations from local businesses and citizens for toys, canned goods and money. Last year over 850 families were given assistance in food and/or toys in Hays County.        

Brown Santa is accepting new toys for children up to the age of 16. Any toy that is already gift-wrapped needs to have a tag that identifies the toy, age group, and if it is for a male or female. Toys can also be picked up from your residence or business if convenient. Money contributions in the form of a check or money order made payable to "Brown Santa" can be mailed to Brown Santa, P.O. Box 1475, San Marcos, TX 78667.

The deadline for accepting unwrapped toys will be December 12, 2008 and for wrapped toys December 15, 2008.

Brown Santa consists of volunteers from the Hays County Sheriff's Office and members of the community who wish to donate their time. All toys will be wrapped on December 13, 2008 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.  

Deputies and helpers will be delivering the toys and food on Saturday December 20, 2008 from 7:00 am until approximately 12:00 noon. Any family requesting assistance from Brown Santa can sign up in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office or at one of the locations below. The deadline for accepting applications will be December 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm.  Those interested in assisting in the Brown Santa program or making a cash donation may contact Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez at 512-393-7877.

Brown Santa would like to wish the citizens of Hays County a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hays County Brown Santa Scheduled Events

December 6, 2008
SM & Buda Walmart/ HEB Plus fundraiser
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

December 13, 2008
Gift Wrapping Day
9:00 am - 1200 Noon

December 16, 2008
Sorting of toys and food
8:00 am - 1200 Noon
December 17, 2008
Sorting of toys and food
8:00 am - 1200 Noon

December 20, 2008
7:00 am - 1200 Noon

Brown Santa Headquarters:
200 Springtown Way Suite 401
Springtown Center (Old Best Buy location)
Off IH 35 207 milemarker

If you are interested in helping in any of the above events, please call Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez at 512-393-7877 or 512-738-1031.