Operation Blue Santa



Police officers see more downtrodden family situations than anyone should ever have to and know firsthand that there is a need in our communities for kindness, charity and cheer during the holidays.

Recognizing those families who are having trouble and bringing happiness to those children at Christmas is the goal of the Officer Collin Rose Memorial’s annual Operation Blue Santa campaign.

The Foundation honors the late Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose. He was murdered on a street investigation in November 2016. Rose was engaged to be married and was looking to grow his family.

“Our fallen hero Collin Rose loved children and the holidays,” Foundation President Chris Powell said. “This was an important campaign for us to develop with his family and we hope to brighten Christmas Day for deserving children in need.”

In 2023 the Foundation assisted Santa by providing toys and clothing to ten children in Detroit.

In 2022 the Foundation aided Santa by providing toys and clothing to twelve children in Detroit, one child in Eastpointe, one child in New Baltimore, two children in Royal Oak and one child in St. Clair Shores. 

In 2021 the Foundation brightened Christmas for seven children in Detroit, two children in Clinton Township, one child in Muskegon, one child in New Baltimore and one child in St. Clair Shores.

In 2020 the Foundation helped Santa provide toys and clothing to five children in Battle Creek, four children in Dearborn, one in Grosse Pointe Woods, two children in Muskegon, five children in Royal Oak, five children in St. Clair Shores, three children in Eastpointe, six children in Clinton Township and six children in New Baltimore.

Each year the Foundation budgets to support ten children and hopes to gain the support and goodwill of residents, business and civic groups to possibly adopt more families. Selected communities are reflective of where our fallen hero lived, worked and had a direct connection.

 “This is a perfect way to give back to the communities Collin loved,” said his mother Karen Rose.

Collin loved children and the holidays. Selected communities are reflective of where our fallen hero had a direct connection. 

Eligible children must be between the ages of 2 and 12 residing in either Clinton Township, Dearborn, Detroit, Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe Woods, New Baltimore, Richland, Royal Oak or St. Clair Shores. Preference will be given to first year applicants. Applicants will not be considered for a third year.

Want to donate by check? 


Checks payable to 

Officer Collin Rose Memorial 

include Blue Santa on memo line.


Send it to us at:

Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation

23120 Greater Mack #133

St Clair Shores MI 48080