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Central Texas Medical Center: News

CTMC, San Marcos Police Blue Santa Host Wrap Party at Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival


SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – For the first time, Central Texas Medical Center is teaming up with San Marcos Police Blue Santa to wrap gifts at the Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival. Volunteers from both groups will be accepting and wrapping toy donations for Blue Santa to deliver throughout the holiday season.

“We are excited to be a part of Sights & Sounds again this year, and to team up with a great organization like the San Marcos Police Department Blue Santa makes it even better,” said CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl. “We are honored to help Blue Santa fulfill its mission of delivering Christmas cheer to those less fortunate.”

Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival attendees are encouraged to give back to the community by bringing an unwrapped gift of at least a $15 value (no stuffed animals please) to the CTMC booth any of the eight nights for a free cotton candy voucher. Adults and kids alike are invited to assist volunteers at the CTMC booth with wrapping gifts.

“Each year, Blue Santa aims to make sure everyone in the community feels the spirit of Christmas,” said San Marcos Police Department’s Cpl. Laray Taylor. “Thanks to generous donations and organizations like CTMC, we are able to put a smile on children’s faces.”

Blue Santa has been a San Marcos tradition since 1972 providing Christmas cheer to less fortunate children in the community by delivering toys donated or bought with monetary donations.

“This is exactly what Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival is all about: two outstanding San Marcos organizations coming together to serve the community during the holiday season,” said Tommy Curtis, President of Sights & Sounds Christmas Foundation. “We look forward to the Festival every year and are excited to host another wonderful holiday tradition again this year.”

Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival kicks off November 28 and runs eight days (November 28-December 1 and December 5-8) along the San Marcos River (401 E Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas). From 5-11:30 p.m. each night, free parking and a shuttle services are provided in the Strahan Coliseum parking lot. There is also paid parking available about a five-minute walk in the Edward Gary Street Garage.


About CTMC 
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS).

With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, Adventist Health System (AHS) is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 46 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.

About San Marcos Police Department Blue Santa
In 1972, the San Marcos Police Department, led by Sergeant Jesse Guerra, became involved in the “Blue Santa” program. The program literally began as police officers in uniform, who solicited or purchased toys and delivered them to a less fortunate child in the community. As needs grew, so did the program. Sergeant Guerra began to solicit toys, cash donations, and the assistance of groups such as the Southside Community Center and the Food Bank. A short while later, the Christmas Bureau was formed and helped to make this event even larger and more successful.

For 24 years, Sergeant Guerra managed the SMPD portion of the program. In 1996, Sergeant Guerra turned the program over to San Marcos Police Officer Larry Sowards. Officer Sowards continued to help the program grow by recruiting more organizations to assist such as the San Marcos Police Academy Alumni Association and Texas State sororities and service clubs. The CPAAA, along with other volunteers, provided not only financial support but also assisted with organizing gift-wrapping events, sorting and delivering of toys, and other much needed functions.

About Sights & Sounds of Christmas
Founded in 1987, the Sights & Sounds Christmas Foundation, a 501©3 nonprofit based in San Marcos, Texas, strives to provide the San Marcos community and surrounding areas with an exciting holiday celebration for all. Each year the Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival begins the week after Thanksgiving and runs Wednesday-Saturday for two consecutive weeks.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666