Reagan High School Community Donates Thousands of Toys for Blue Santa By Amy Morgan

Blue Santa

The Ronald Reagan High School community, spearheaded by its Student Council, collected 5,556 toys for the Blue Santa program this year, making Reagan once again one of the largest SAPD Blue Santa Pick-up locations in the city.   


Student council officers mobilized students from clubs and organizations school-wide to contribute thousands of toys for less fortunate families in San Antonio.  They spent weeks accepting donations and organizing the toys. 


“Every year we do the Blue Santa toy drive.  Toys are delivered by the Police Department to those who may not receive anything if it weren’t for the drive. Every year we try to gain more toys than the last year in hope to bring more smiles to the kids around San Antonio,” said Reagan High School Student Council President Maitlin Harford.  “It is one of my favorite parts of the year, because I get to see all my fellow Rattlers giving to those in need!” 


Early Friday morning, Dec. 15, the Reagan Drumline and spirit groups welcomed Blue Santa to campus and cheered fellow students and SAPD officers as they loaded the toys for distribution across the city.  SAPD will deliver toys to nearly 12,000 children before Christmas as part of the Blue Santa Program, started in 1976 to provide clothes, food, money and toys to families in our community. Officers distribute toys to families in need from substations throughout the city.  


“Blue Santa is all about bringing hope and joy to families that struggle to make ends meet during the toughest times of the year, the holidays.

Police officers are in a unique position to see the struggles families endure throughout the year. The San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) recognized these difficulties and began partnering with community companies and volunteers (such as Reagan High School) to collect food, clothes, toys, and monetary donations to assist thousands of families in our city,” according to the association. 

By: Amy Morgan