By Melissa McCaghren
A total of 135 families and homebound had a brighter Christmas Saturday (Dec. 18) when volunteers from all over Slaton delivered food, toys and other items as part of the annual Santa Red & Blue.
There were about 90 people who volunteered to help with distribution.
Chief of Police Trevor Barnes thanked those who volunteered to help distribute. “We really appreciate this – we put a lot of work into this, a lot of time, a lot of sweat and a whole lot of money into this,” he said.
He also thanked those who helped sponsor and donate items to the event. Among these are Academy, South Plains Lamesa Railroad, Leal’s and the Slaton Bakery.
The Slaton Retired Teachers Association donated 150 books to the Slaton Police Department on Dec. 8 as well to help with the project.
“Lots of people hooked up for this whole program. We really, really appreciate our sponsors,” he said, adding they purchased about $10,000 in items this year.
Groups such as South Plains College students, dual credit students at Slaton High School, the Slaton Fire Department and others helped sort the items into bags and boxes for distribution.
For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.