Since 1989, Chuy’s has hosted the Children Giving to Children Parade in Austin, Texas on Thanksgiving weekend. The Parade is focused around a toy drive fundraiser for the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa Program, which provides toys and food for local families in need during the holiday season. Prior to the Covid pandemic, we had collected over a quarter of a million toys for the children of Central Texas. Last year, Chuy’s raised $150,000 for Operation Blue Santa. We could not have done this without the generous support of our customers and the Austin community.
Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid, we have made another difficult decision to not have the Parade this year. We will continue our fundraising efforts and toy drive collections at our Austin-area restaurants. Operation Blue Santa needs our help now more than ever to provide toys and a holiday meal to over 6,000 local families, many of whom have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. Our goal is to raise another $150,000, which will help Operation Blue Santa buy over 25,000 toys for their program.
Starting November 1st through November 28th, all Austin-area Chuy's will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations. If you can’t stop by Chuy’s to donate, you can always donate online at chuysparade.com. Thank you for supporting Chuy's and Operation Blue Santa during this challenging time.