Blue Santa is coming to town

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Santa Claus will be coming to town a little early but he won’t be dressed in his traditional red suit.
Blue Santa is coming to Tyler tomorrow and he will help give some children a special Christmas.
The Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.B) in Tyler will be taking kids to do a little Christmas shopping.
Blue Santa will arrive in a squad car for a very special reason, to give gifts to children in need.
“They get to shop with an officer, they each have $100 and they get to buy anything they want to,” said Chuck Boyce, President of Tyler F.O.B.
Boyce and the Fraternal Order of Police have been putting this on for seven years and through the years they have seen many eye opening things.
“What’s sad is when they actually go get food or they go buy something for somebody else instead of getting what they really want,” said Boyce.
Whatever the child’s choice the officer shops with them.
Donations are made and fundraisers held in order to make this happen.
“Genesis actually ordered and bought a new set of t-shirts for the F.O.B to sell and they used 100% of the proceeds of those t-shirts to fund Blue Santa,” said Jim Nipp, President of the Genesis Group.
And at another fundraiser people emptied their wallets and filled their stomachs with chili for Blue Santa.
“My friends at Southside Bank, this is the second year that they have done a chili cook-off where all the proceeds go towards sponsoring kids for Blue Santa,” said Boyce. “It’s crazy how much chili they got back there.”
The first time this event was held only 15 kids showed up but it has gradually grown over the years. Last year 40 children were expected but 67 arrived.
“It makes me stop and think and be grateful for what I got and want to to a better job helping others in the future,” said Boyce.
They are expecting to have more than 70 kids and it will take place at the Walmart on troup highway at 7:00 Friday night.
And along with the shopping there will also be a little Christmas caroling going on to add to the cheer.

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