Operation Blue Santa 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and we at Austin Carp Angler feel that giving back to our community is what really matters this time of year. This is a time to give from the heart, more than giving from the store. This is a time to rally up the troops, and answer the calling in our hearts; the call to give back.

So, this year we teamed up with all of the men, women, and children of this great city, to help the Austin Police Department’s 42nd annual “Operation Blue Santa”, to provide toys and food for families in need, during the holiday season. This year they were able to serve over 6,500 families in Austin, with the generous support from the Austin Fire Department, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utilities, and the Texas National Guard. When we were down there, we were able to see first-hand just how incredible this operation was; a very well-oiled machine. The amount of smiles and cheer had by all was just absolutely amazing. You could feel the love and the spirit of the holidays in the air.

We were tasked with five deserving families, each of which were eternally grateful by the generosity of this great organization. There were tears and hugs, there were laughs and joy. Best of all, there were full hearts and lifelong lessons to be learned by all parties involved. My children love to volunteer, and I believe they learned a lot, after seeing how much joy we had just brought to these five families. I could feel their hearts melting, and their character growing; they loved every minute of it.

As you slide into that spot on the couch, and enjoy the love and laughter of friends and family, cherish every moment of it. It’s important to remember how fortunate you are, and how much you have. Some people don’t have that love and support, in times of need, so that is when they turn to their community. We feel very fortunate to have been able to step up, with the rest of our community, to be there in their time of need.

From everyone at Austin Carp Angler, have a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill