Santa Red, Blue searching for help, gifts in COVID time

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

Christmas is supposed to be a time for cheer for everyone. That said, there are those who feel differently due to a variety of issues: income, need and recently, COVID.

Even then, Santa Red & Blue is there to help bring cheer – even with a virus trying to make the Grinch seem as cheerful as Santa.

This is especially true for children in need and the homebound, who also look forward to visits from volunteers at the event.

Donation collections are currently under way at the Slaton Police Department, 175 N. 8th St., and other locations. Volunteers are also sought.

Trevor Barnes, Chief of Police and head of Santa Red & Blue, said one event where volunteers are needed starts today (Thursday).

“Kickoff (for the) Cruisin’ for Cans food drive is Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the High School Dome. We will meet, disperse the bags and make maps available,” he said. “We will need as many volunteers as possible to make this happen. We will be delivering 1500 United paper sacks door to door. Your bag has a flyer attached with information. If you’re sick at all, please choose not to participate.”

Barnes said they will be picking up the bags, filled with all sorts of canned goods, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Also needed still are a variety of toys and gifts for children, as well as a variety of warm items for the homebound community.

“The best way to donate is to deliver your gifts to the Slaton Police Department,” Barnes said, adding that most of the barrels normally used for the event are in businesses whose lobbies are closed to the public.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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