Children Giving to Children Parade draws thousands downtown

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by Ashley Goudeau / KVUE News

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Posted on December 1, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 2 at 12:00 AM

AUSTIN -- Thousands lined Congress Ave. Saturday morning for the Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade.

The annual event benefits the Blue Santa toy distribution for needy families. This year, those donations are needed more than ever.

Blue santa was on hand to usher in the holidays during the 24th annual Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade. And there was a lot to see. From inflatable characters to tumbling cheerleaders. But with parade-goers dressed in shorts and t-shirts, it was hard to believe it's December, although no one was complaining.

Perfect weather for a parade that's about more than a good time, it's about giving back.

People bring toys to donate to the Austin Police Department's Operation Blue Santa. A program that provides a holiday meal and gifts to families in need.

The thousands of toys that the crowd donated are needed more than ever this year because of the complications with Blue Santa and the Christmas Bureau. Blue Santa has teamed up with the Christmas Bureau for years to collect donations.

But this year, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says the director of the Chirstmas Bureau, Shon Washington, was unreachable for weeks, and they don't know what happened to money collected by the non-profit.

A criminal investigation is underway, but for now the focus is to fill the gap left by the bureau's absence. A wrong that the people in austin are working to right, one toy at a time.  
 

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