The first ever Blue Santa “Show and Shine” was held Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Vidor Walmart parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Vidor Police Department and the Southeast Texas Jeepers, a group of Jeep enthusiasts, held the event to raise toys for the Vidor Police Department’s Blue Santa program, which donates toys to needy families and their children for Christmas.
“Show and Shine” brought more than just Jeep owners, however, as there were several classic cars at the event.
“You vote for your favorite vehicle by putting a toy into the vehicle, and, at the end of the day, (the car owner) that has the most toys wins a trophy,” said Sgt. Aleta Cappen of the Vidor Police Department and coordinator of the event. “And then there will be a judging of the best decorated vehicle.”
“The vehicle owners have a two toy limit entry fee. All the toys are going to Blue Santa,” Detective Mark Steele of the Vidor Police Department said. “We’ve got people out here decorating their vehicles."
Lydia Mansfield’s white Jeep won the event. Mansfield said that winning was not important to her and even donated her championship trophy to Claudia Duhon, store manager at Walmart, for allowing the event to be held on their property.
“This event is about giving back to the community and the less fortunate,” Mansfield said. “I got involved this year and I loved it. I’ll do it again next year.”
Vidor Police Department's Blue Santa will continue to take donations until Dec. 8. Verizon Wireless at 1455 N. Main Street in Vidor is one of many drop off locations. Call (409) 769-4561  for more information.