Neighbors helping neighbors is the heart of LTlov’s mission and this was evident as together the residents and businesses of Lake Travis served over 222 families and 740 children.
Green Santa is an annual event founded by the Hudson Bend Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary in 1993 and is managed by LTlov since 2014. It is called Green Santa since the Hudson Bend Fire Department, now part of Lake Travis Fire Rescue, drove green fire trucks. This Lake Travis holiday tradition focuses on giving toys, books, stuffed animals and HEB gift cards to buy a holiday meal to qualifying children and families in the area.
“Each year I am amazed at the outpour of love this community has for the children that may not receive any toys or very little this holiday season”, Green Santa Chairwomen Sheryl Kelly said. Truck loads of toys were delivered to the Green Santa Headquarters from toy drives hosted by LTISD, Sing Along, Point of Origin, YouthtoSeniors , LTPals, and various local businesses and individual residents.
Volunteers from Young Men Service League, Girl Scouts, Lake Travis Elementary School and LTlov members gave their time sorting and packing the family boxes and assisting during distribution days to ensure that everyone in the community can have a joyous holiday.
Space for the 2019 Green Santa Headquarters was donated by The Oaks of Lakeway. The Lake Travis Fire Rescue was at the distribution days greeting families and passing out fire hats and stickers.