Baloo the EMS dog is having a "ruff" day but wishes everyone Merry Christmas and reminds you to be safe and not drink and drive.

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Happy Thanksgiving from EMS Central.

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There has been an overwhelming interest in our operations this year and our greatest thanks to all those who have already blessed us with their generosity! Please pass the word to those local families who would benefit, that applications are available at Port Aransas City Hall, 710 W. Ave A. If you are interested in donating, monetary donations can be mailed in or dropped off at City Hall. Pleas make all checks payable to "Emergency Service Toy Round Up." Thanks to all those who are utilizing our online system. God bless you all and have a safe Thanksgiving break!

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Don't forget! Application deadline is December 4th. Plenty of applications available at City Hall. If you haven't heard about Port A Low Life's event this weekend, you better start clearing your calendar. More info over at

We would like to thank last year's previous donors and volunteers as we kick off our 20th annual Toy Round Up!

Applications are now available at Port Aransas City Hall, 710 W. Ave A. Once they have been completed, drop off the application and documentation with Dee Dee Ince at the temporary Police Department located in the PA Council Chambers. Drop off Monday-Friday between 8am-4pm. Applicants must provide proof of residency within Port Aransas and validate enrollment in PAIS...D. We encourage displaced Port Aransas families to apply.

If you are interested in donating please note that due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we have needed to make changes to this year's operations. Unfortunately, Emergency Services are not able to store, sort and process toys due to limited resources and personnel needs. For this year only, we are asking only for monetary donations in the form of cash, check, or online donation. Donations can be delivered to City Hall at 710 W. Ave A, Port Aransas, TX 78373. Make checks payable to, "Emergency Services Toy Round Up." You can donate online here: . We ask that you please not leave any toys as we do not have space or manpower to manage it. We are a non-profit organization with the staff comprised of local medics, police officers, and firefighters. We a rigorous in our application and validation process, ensuring distribution of donations with the greatest care.

Our goal every year is to help our local families provide a special Christmas for their children. We realize that the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey has created needs that go beyond just putting toys under the Christmas Tree. Therefore, we are going to purchase gift cards from select stores that families can use to help not only provide a Christmas for their children but also help with recovery. Once we have determined what a family’s needs are, we will purchase the gift cards specifically for each family. We believe this flexibility for parents would provide the greatest impact this Christmas.

We are grateful for all of the support of our community. We could not be successful without it. Please help us to continue to succeed and provide the children of Port Aransas with another wonderful Christmas this year.

Thank you,
Port Aransas EMS
Port Aransas Police Department
Port Aransas Fire Department

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Baloo and the staff say Happy Birthday to our Edward Jimenez. Edward is not only one of our fine paramedics but also serves as Treasurer for the EMS Toy Round Up.

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Merry Christmas from Baloo and the gang

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Merry Christmas from EMS Central. It was another incredible year with the TOY ROUND UP. Thanks to your generosity we were able to help almost 60 families and 130 children. A heart ❤️ felt thank you from all of us at EMS/Fire/Police to you. May you have a blessed day and holiday season.

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Latest update. We have over 55 families and over 115 children that will benefit from your generosity. Thanks to this incredible community for your assistance. Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

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Recent Christmas Golf Cart Parade for the EMS Toy Round Up. We received almost $600 in donations and a truckload of toys. Thanks to all who came out.

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HUGE SHOUT OUT to Ms Linda and Mr Greg for their incredible performance last night for EMS Toy Round Up at Treasure Island. The gang from Treasure Island raised $900 in cash and approximately $2500-3500 in toy and gift 🎁 donations for the children. Pictured are Ms Linda and her unicorn 🦄. Also pictured is Officer 👮 Knox who assisted us in picking up this huge donation of toys. No unicorns were injured in the pictures 😃😃 We look forward to partnering with Treasure Island in the future on similar projects. Thanks again.

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A big thanks to all the businesses and residences that have been sending in donations. You will be seeing us out today emptying toy boxes around town, but they will be out until the 21st. We have already received some really great gifts including dolls, stuffed animals, and sports equipment.

Many of our donors last year were unreachable by mail. If you still would like to donate, we are providing a way for you to do it online. We are now accepting donations through Square. Please follow the link below.

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Please spread the word! Applications for the Port Aransas Toy Round Up are now available online. If you know someone who lives in Port Aransas and could use a little help filling out the bottom of the Christmas tree this year, point them here to get signed up.!ApG4zO482HPkbIukNa29_m-rzZ4

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Much thanks to Red Dragon Pirate Cruises. Give them a call and discover what exciting pirate adventures await!

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Red Dragon Pirate Cruises

Going on from Nov 19th to Dec 18th. Call now to book 361-749-2469

We are proud to announce the support of Port A Low Life. They have generously offered to donate 50% of all web orders from now through Dec 5th to the Toy Round Up. Port A Low Life has been supporting various community organizations since 2012. Please visit their site at You'll find everything from insanely cool powder coated Yeti cups, t-shirts, caps, and various comfort wear. They will help you find that perfect Christmas gift to share that relaxed island feel. So head on over so you can start enjoying the Port A Low Life way!

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