The Blue Santa
Saint Louis University has many Christmas traditions. From the annual Christmas tree lighting in Samuel Cupples House, to the garland, wreathes and holiday lights strung around campus, to the red bows hung on every lamp post, SLU is decorated and ready for the season! Minus the 70 degree weather we had this weekend (which was amazing and most welcome!) it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here!
As I was walking through the Busch Student Center this morning I came across a very special visitor - The Blue Santa! After snagging a picture with him, I knew I had to share with y’all what exactly The Blue Santa is and why he’s such a big deal here at SLU.
Every December The Blue Santa goes to all the faculty and staff offices at Saint Louis University and collects new, donated toys. This coming Thursday, local inner-city kids who may come from more impoverished families will be invited to SLU for a big Christmas party, where Santa will give them each one of the donated toys. This year The Blue Santa has already collected 2,000 toys! All toys leftover from the big St. Nick’s Day party on Thursday will then be donated to local shelters, schools and non-profits that also assist families during the holiday season.
In case you were wondering what it means to be a "Jesuit" institution… This is one of the best examples as to how our mission here at SLU is lived out daily. Generosity.
Saint Louis University. Always in the spirit of giving.