(Seguin) -- Blue Santa is giving his community elves a few gift ideas in hopes of generating the right types of donations for Friday's annual Seguin Radio KWED Holiday Food and Toy Drive. The Seguin Police Department says its Blue Santa Program is lacking toy donations for two of its age categories.
DARE Officer Hope Vasquez says she's hoping that the bulk of those donations come in during Friday's drive scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. outside the radio station located at 609 E. Court St. Vasquez, who also serves as Blue Santa's top elf, says toys are especially needed for children zero to two-years-old and for boys and girls ages 10 to 12.
She says suggested ideas for infants and toddlers include teethers, blankets, plush toys or educational building blocks.
Gifts for the older students are often very difficult to collect for Blue Santa. However, Vasquez suggest ideas such as arts and crafts, jewelry making, board games -- such as the now popular "Pie in the Face game," and remote control cars and airplanes.
Vasquez says although monetary donations are appreciated and needed, she does encourage citizens to go out and purchase a special toy themselves. No violent toys, like guns or knives will be accepted.
In addition to toys, wrapping paper, scissors, tape and bows are also being collected. Vasquez says the items don't have to be new and can even be remnants from last year's holiday season.
New unwrapped toys, valued at $15-20, will be accepted along with non-perishable food items during Friday's annual toy drive. In addition to toys, non-perishable food donations will also be accepted for Seguin's food pantry, the Christian Cupboard. Food suggestions include pasta, peanut butter, soups, rice, beans, canned vegetables and cereal. Donations can be dropped off in advance in the radio station lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.