The Temple Police Department is preparing to help make Christmas a little better for local families in need.

The department's annual Blue Santa Toy Drive kicks off soon. If you know of a family that is a little strapped for cash this year, you can request an application for them beginning on Nov. 4.

In order to be eligible, the family's children must be 17 or younger, and the kids must live in Temple.

Last year, the toy drive helped more than 120 families and more than 300 children. Even if you don't know a family in need, you can still help. Temple Police are accepting new toys for boys and girls. Just bring the new, unused gifts to the Temple Police Department headquarters, located at 209 E Avenue A in downtown Temple.

In order to nominate a family, contact Alicia Tronecker at 254-298-5553. She will supply applications starting Nov. 4.