4 ways to donate gifts in Northwest Austin this holiday season


Charities accepting gifts this season offer a variety of drop-off locations in Northwest Austin.

Donate to Toys for Tots at any First Choice Emergency Room location

In partnership with national charity Toys for Tots, First Choice Emergency Room is accepting gift donations at any Austin location through Dec. 10. The Northwest Austin location is at 10407 Jollyville Road, Austin.

Drop off toys for Cover 3’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive

Sports bar and restaurant Cover 3 at 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 200, Austin, is accepting unwrapped toys, gift cards to Academy Sports + Outdoors or Cavender’s and cash donations in collaboration with Partnerships for Children. Gifts are accepted through Dec. 10 and may also be dropped off at sister restaurant, Cover 2, 13701 Research Blvd., Austin.

Find a variety of locations to donate to Austin’s Operation Blue Santa

Blue Santa aims to bring Christmas cheer to families who might not otherwise have gifts and food. The organization was started by the Austin Police Department in 1972 and includes the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, Austin Water and Austin Energy. Police stations, fire departments and businesses throughout Austin serve as donation spots. Visit www.bluesanta.org for donation sites.

Donate countywide through the Brown Santa program.

Brown Santa is the community service organization of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Many sponsors and volunteers help each year to make the Brown Santa drive successful. The goal is to provide assistance to families in need in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. Brown Santa accepts donations through Dec. 22 at the North Austin warehouse at 2222 W. Rundberg Lane, Bldg. 3, Ste. 500, Austin. Visit www.tcsheriff.org/brown-santa for additional drop off locations.

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Northwest Austin reporter. She is also responsible for citywide health care and entertainment coverage. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism in May 2017.
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