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Big Donations Roll In For Operation Blue Santa
The efforts to raise $70,000 for Operation Blue Santa received a huge boost Friday from several prominent Austinites.
Roy Spence and Judy Trabulsi, co-founders of GSD&M Idea City, organized a fundraising effort that has brought in $56,000 in one day. $25,000 came from Spence, Trabulsi and others with GSD&M. The remainder of the donations came after Trabulsi, Spence and his wife Mary sent emails to family and friends.
Thursday Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that the Christmas Bureau of Austin/Travis County, a non-profit that has helped Operation Blue Santa, is under criminal investigation.
The issues with the Christmas Bureau left 6,000 needy people without any help. Operation Blue Santa immediately began soliciting donations.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo banks. Donate to the Christmas Bureau 2012 c/o Operation Blue Santa.
Or donate new, unwrapped toys. You can bring them to the Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade Saturday at 11 a.m. on Congress Avenue in Downtown Austin. Watch the parade live on keyetv.com or watch live in primetime on KEYE TV at 7 p.m.
You may also donate toys at more than 100 locations throughout the city. Details at keyetv.com/community/features/chuys-children.