Blue Santa Visits La Porte
is, and always has been, a time for giving. The 2013 Blue Santa Program represented a collaborative effort between the La
Porte Police Department, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (LPCPAAA), local Neighborhood Center, Independent School
District, Ameco Equipment, Walmart corporation, as well as other sizable donations the La Porte Fire Department, Municipal
Police Officer’s Association, and other private individuals. The Program’s primary mission is to provide toys
and Christmas dinners for needy children and their families in the La Porte area, many of whom would not have the means to
hold traditional Christmas festivities on their own.
As a result of this
year’s Blue Santa program, the joint La Porte organizations collected over 1500 new toys, including the combined distribution
and upcoming delivery of nearly 490 bicycles, provided through the Elves & More Program. In addition, almost $5,000 in
cash donations were received. Cash donations were used to purchase additional toys, all of which were distributed to less
fortunate families by La Porte’s Neighborhood Center and the City’s Jennie Riley Community Center. All in all,
the program’s annual efforts touch the lives of countless families every year, allowing hundreds of children to experience
the joy of Christmas.
La Porte Police Department stresses that it is
through local teamwork, such as the Blue Santa and Elves and More Programs, that all La Porte residents can make a difference
in the lives of those who are less fortunate. For more information on any of La Porte Police Department’s community
outreach initiatives, including the CPAAA, Blue Santa, and Elves & More Programs, please contact the Support Services
Division at 281-842-3183.
‘Tis The Season of Giving’
When it comes to Christmas time, Cathy Montreuil GM at the Comfort Suites La Porte is always looking for ways
to help. When she heard that Gallery Furniture was donating furniture to families in need, she immediately took it upon herself
to write a letter suggesting the perfect family that could benefit from such a generous donation.
Danielle is a front desk employee at the Comfort Suites and is also a loving single mother that clearly works
hard to provide for her children. After hearing about Danielle’s story, Gallery Furniture graciously chose her and her
family to donate the house full of furniture to. On Wednesday, Dec. 18th, Gallery Furniture employees, Danielle’s
family, and Cathy surprised Danielle at her doorstep with a truck full of furniture as they sang, “We wish you a Merry
Christmas”. Danielle was overjoyed with excitement and overcome with emotion as she thanked everyone who worked hard
in making this dream become a reality!
“I am so happy that this happened
to such a deserving person, especially during the holidays. I would like to thank everyone from Gallery Furniture that helped
make this a very special Christmas for Danielle and her family,” Montreuil said.
La Porte would like to thank Cathy for being the person I know her to be.
Christmas Decorating Winners
Point Townhomes held there 6th annual outside Christmas Decoration Contest. The winners were in the Fantasy
category: First place -1412 S. 8th, second place 1504 Cedar.
1404 Cypress, second place 708 Gardenwalk
Traditional category: First place 1408 Cypress and in second
place 706 Gardenwalk.