Austin Community College helped rake in more than 5,200 books for the Travis County Sheriff's Office Brown Santa program: a record-breaking number for a tradition that started back in 1981.
In its first year, the program served about 25 families in Travis County, now the community is helping to cater to more than 1,200 families, according to Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.
Each family is gifted with a holiday meal (turkey and non-perishable food) as well as toys which include: two gifts, two books, a stuffed animal, puzzle and a family board game.
Sheriff Hernandez says the program is an opportunity to show families they care and help make their holiday a little sweeter.
"It’s just overwhelming for me to see people coming together, interested in other people's lives and not just their own. So, it's a very exciting time," Sheriff Hernandez said.
The first delivery day is Sunday, Dec. 10.
Families interested in applying for the program have until the end of Tuesday, Dec. 5 to apply.