More than 500 elementary school students from across the Austin area volunteered to visit the Omni Southpark Hotel to decorate Christmas trees with homemade decorations created in each of their classes. The decorated trees were given to underprivileged families in the Austin area who could not afford a Christmas tree this season. The event was sponsored by Omni Austin Southpark and Austin Police Operation Blue Santa. Art Acevedo, Austin chief of police, served as guest speaker.
Participating elementary students came from: Ortega Elementary, Graham Elementary, Odom Elementary, Dawson Elementary, Galindo Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Govalle Elementary, Volma Overton Elementary and St. Elmo Elementary.