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A group of children deliver bags of toys for the annual evening Blue Santa Toy Drive on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at H-E-B.

Seguin police officers stood and waved alongside Blue Santa in the parking lot of H-E-B on Monday evening.

The group gathered in the grocery store’s parking lot for two hours collecting toys and monetary donations for the department’s Blue Santa Program.

Each time the collection box filled up, volunteers would put items in the D.A.R.E. vehicle and, just as soon as they would empty it, more donations came in.

“The response was absolutely incredible,” Seguin Police Deputy Chief Bruce Ure said. “We are still tallying up the cash we received and we got a ton of toys. This is going to help us make sure all of the kids who are in need get a present this year.”

While officers were stationed at the light on Court Street and near the gas pumps, the crews were not alone in collecting.

“The firefighters were out there with their fire trucks and ambulance and they are always fun to work with as well,” Ure said. “We probably had about 40 people out there.”

This is the department’s third time to collect donations at night from the H-E-B parking lot, and each year it has grown Ure said.

“We’re learning as we go and quite frankly, we’re getting better at it every year,” he said.

In addition to the fire trucks and police cars, organizers had a DJ playing Christmas tunes and a face painter crafting up works of art.

“She did a wonderful job,” he said. “She had the most creative stuff we’d ever seen. It is a lot of fun.”

Ure said the partnership with the grocery store allows the event to thrive.

“H-E-B is such an incredible partner to allow us to do it on their property and to support us,” he said. “They mark off the area, set up the tent.”

And while its the officers, firefighters and volunteers who collect the donations, Ure said the event’s success is because of the community’s generosity.

“It was a good community effort. Every year the community surprises us even more because they give even more,” he said. “Quite frankly, Seguin is a very giving community and it is just heartfelt giving. That makes it even more special.”

Visit the website of Seguin Gazette to view more photos from the event.

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