GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas Traditionally Santa Claus wear s red. But in Galveston County, he also wears blue or tan and sometimes wears a badge or is escorted by friendly police officers.

At times, police and firefighters serve as his elves who take children shopping so they have a joyful holiday.

Police agencies across Galveston County this week kicked off their Blue Santa programs to help bring Christmas to underprivileged children who might otherwise go without.

It was the fifth year for the departments Blue Santa program, but the first that didn t focus on going door-to-door, when police would hand out gifts to about 40 families. Instead, the program handed out gifts for about 220 3- and 4-year-olds who are part of the Head Start program.

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