Santa Cop Toy Program
What is the Santa Cop Toy Program?
How can you help with Santa Cop?
Citizens may also donate to the Santa Cop Toy Program by visiting the City of Mesquite donation page at the link provided below. https://www.cityofmesquite.com/1677/Donations
If you own a business, please take a few minutes to review the business sponsorship form. There are many levels to donate and support Santa Cop. If you choose to donate, complete the form and send an email to [email protected].
An officer associated with the Santa Cop Toy Program will contact you or your business and make arrangements to pick up your generous donation. For more information, you can contact the department at email [email protected].
How can you volunteer to help with Santa Cop?Santa Cop is always in need of volunteers. For more information on volunteering send an email to [email protected].
Families needing assistance are nominated by Mesquite police officers, Mesquite firefighters, City of Mesquite employees or Mesquite Independent School District counselors. Santa Cop does not accept families who are signed up for other similar programs.
How are families nominated for Santa Cop?
The history of the Santa Cop Toy ProgramThe Mesquite Police Santa Cop Toy Program is an annual event that began in 1982. Mesquite Police Officer Reese Bullard was assigned to a low income apartment complex and knew of several families that were unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Moved with compassion, he began a way for law enforcement to assist those families in need and vulnerable in their own community. Officer Bullard made arrangements for these families to receive Christmas gifts and each year the need grew. The program has since grown to support children all across Mesquite. Police Officer Don Williams who had been assisting Officer Bullard with program, began coordinating the entire program after Officer Bullard passed away. Officer Williams was responsible for the program’s continued growth from 1993 until he retired in 2016. In 2015, the Santa Cop Program provided gifts for over 600 children from over 200 different families.
The mission and purpose of the Santa Cop Toy Program is to provide assistance during the Christmas season to disadvantaged children and families in Mesquite as well as the surrounding communities served by the Mesquite Independent School District (MISD). Patrol officers and MISD school counselors select the disadvantaged families. Once they have been selected, they attend a special Christmas holiday presentation involving Mesquite police officers, MISD school district personnel, Citizens Police Academy volunteers, students and many more community volunteers. This festive event provides a generous amount of age appropriate and donated toys to give to these needy children.
Santa Cop Events:
Mesquite Chamber of Commerce After Hours Toy Drive
Sponsored by Windsor Florist
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
201 W. Main Street, Mesquite, TX
Agape Home Health Toy Drive
Sponsored by Agape Home Health and Hospice
Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
18770 LBJ Freeway, Mesquite, TX 75150 (Across from Saltgrass)