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Checks payable to 

Officer Collin Rose Memorial 

include Blue Santa on memo line.


Send it to us at:

Collin Rose Memorial Foundation

18640 Mack Avenue Unit 361307

Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236

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 nonprofit organization is currently looking for help from front line public safety workers to nominate deserving families for assistance.


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 growing 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 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 in St. Clair Shores, three children in Eastpointe, six children in Clinton Township and six in New Baltimore.


The Foundation has budgeted to support ten families 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 Battle Creek, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Detroit, Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe Woods, Muskegon, New Baltimore, Richland, Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores or Traverse City.


“We hope that officers and firefighters who know of a family will reach out to us with a nomination or mention the campaign to them and encourage the family to apply directly,” Powell said.


Nominations of families in need are being accepted from public safety officials working in eligible communities. If you know of a family that we can help in your community, please complete the form below. If you believe we can help your family, please make a self application below.


Paperwork must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 26, 2021.