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Santa Red and Blue: a Slaton tradition giving back to families each holiday

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SLATON, Texas -

It's been a Slaton tradition since the late 60's. Slaton first responders and volunteers deliver gifts and meals to families in the city who may need an extra boost to get through this holiday season. 

"Santa Red and Blue, to me, it means Christmas," Chief of Police Trevor Barnes said. 

Chief Barnes has been in charge of this program for that last 12 years. He said the program is all about family and giving back. 

"Our police officers, our fire fighters, our EMS families they're all together. It's not just about us, it's about getting families together," he said. 

It takes a lot to organize all the presents and food for families, then loading those items onto a truck to deliver around the city. More than 100 volunteers of all ages pitch in to make this tradition a memorable one. 

"You're seeing families that have been here, that have been together for a very long time. You're seeing families that have just come out here every year to help me out specifically and I just appreciate that," Barnes said. 

Louisa Gonzales has volunteered for the last three years. Gonzales teachers and Slaton High School and said it's a humbling experience for her and her kids. 

"So I know the people in the community and there's a lot of people who need help," she said. "And the holidays are hard and so we do everything we can to get our students to understand that 'hey, you know that person who sits next to you in class may not have it as good as you.' So we need to help each other out." 

Gonzales works behind the deliveries making sure no family is left out. 

"I know that this is the part that takes the most work. If it's organized and in order, then we can get it on the truck and out to the families that need it quickly so that we can celebrate later together," she said.

The program was able to raise enough money to purchase gifts for more than 300 children this year. 

 

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