Story via The Beaumont Enterprise
Nine-year-old Nole Enderle of Vidor embraced the spirit of Christmas by raising the funds to purchase 31 bicycles and scooters to donate to the police department's annual Blue Santa program. In addition to saving up money from birthdays and holidays, Nole also raised $1,000 selling bottle cap fishing lures that he made by hand.
That's why the 9-year-old from Vidor decided last winter that he wanted to buy Christmas gifts for kids who weren't as lucky, a decision that culminated in a donation of 22 bicycles, nine scooters, a skateboard and a three-wheeled "green machine" bike, to the Vidor Police Department's Blue Santa Program.
"Last Christmas, I saw what I got, and when I was looking at all my gifts, I was just thinking how the children that didn't have anything, that were struggling, I was thinking that they would be sad," he said.
"You're supposed to keep helping other people, because you really never what your condition will be. I mean, I could be really, really sick one day and need help," said Enderle, who has cerebral palsy.
"We always donate through the church, but he decided he wanted to do more this year," said his mom, Brigette Duplant. "So he did little odd jobs at our house and his grandparents' house up the road, and saved his allowance and birthday money and sold little fishing lures that he and his dad made to make extra money to buy bikes," she said.
He made $1,000 from selling the lures, which are made from bottle caps.
He bought the toys throughout the year, waiting for sales and deals at Walmart and Academy, and "it just added up," Duplant said.
The Blue Santa Program will provide Christmas gifts for 35 families with kids up to 12 who attend Vidor Independent School District, Sgt. Aleta Cappen said. This year, the department's officers identified the families to participate and collected wish lists from them.
"I think they're going to feel happy" when they see the gifts, Enderle said.
Cappen said that the department has received big donations from groups before but has never received such a large gift from one individual. "That was pretty amazing," she said.
Enderle was honored at a Nov. 8 Orange County Commissioners' Court meeting, when the commissioners voted to designate the day "Nole Enderle Day."
"He is an amazing young man with a big heart for giving," said County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton.
The Court, along with State Rep. Dade Phelan and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, decided to give Enderle gifts, including hunting gear, an airboat ride and a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol.
"It was a big surprise, they told us they wanted him to come and meet the congressman and the judge, but we didn't expect near what went on," Duplant said.
"I've never even heard of an airboat ride, I'm so lucky," Enderle said. "It really feels good to know that you're helping other people."
Babin gave Enderle a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and met with him on Veterans Day, according to Regional Director of Community Relations Lanie Brown.
"It's rare that we do (a certificate) for something like this, but what he (Enderle) did was something exceptional," Brown...
During a special-called meeting on November 21st, the Vidor City Council approved the nomination of Rod Carroll as Vidor's next Chief of Police. Carroll is scheduled to be sworn-in the first week of January.
Carroll comes to the City of Vidor from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office where he was the Assistant Deputy Chief and Public Information Officer.
Opening the show is Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of San Francisco California and his Asia Fantasia program. Robert travels to Asian countries, learning the stories of their people, and relays them to students across the US. He was named 1999 National Young Audiences Artist of the Year, and it's easy to see why. With his incredibly expressive face and body, he brings stories to life and engages audience members of all ages.
Next up will be Storybook Theater from the Schertz-Cibolo, Texas area. The ladies travel to present stories and fairy tales, making books come to life with amazing costuming, sets, and voices. Their program, which is audience-interactive as are all Young Audiences' offerings, will take the crowd on a fun journey with "The New Little Red Riding Hood." They will be followed by Grammy-award winner Mr. Blue Shoes, Michael Dyson of Dallas, Texas. Michael leaps off the stage to let students play his blues guitar, leads them in dancing "The Wiggle Bounce," and has the entire audience on their feet, rocking to the music.
Students who won Facebook contests will introduce the artists, and the Vidor High School Pirate Players will be around to hand out some fabulous door prizes. Vidor Business Network members will be on hand as well.
It's going to be a great evening, and it's free and open to the public.
The City of Vidor sanitation department will pick up their normal routes on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. Please have your cans out no later than 6:00 a.m. With the exception of the sanitation department and police department, all other City of Vidor departments will be closed. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The City of Vidor and Orange County Office of Emergency Management will host a Mitigation Action Plan public meeting on:
Day: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Orange County Conservation Center LEPC Room
11457 FM 1142
The meeting will encourage the public's participation in the review of the updated Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the South East Texas Region of Orange County. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) requires the plans be updated every five (5) years. The goal of the Mitigation Action Plans is to outline projects within the region that can mitigate/reduce/prevent loss of life and property as a result of a natural disaster.
The public is encouraged to attend.
For more information, or if special accomodations are needed, please contact the Orange County Office Of Emergency Management at 409-745-9717.
City offices, with the exception of the police department, will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016 in observance of Veterans Day. Sanitation services will run as scheduled on Friday, so please put your container out by 6:00 a.m. for pick-up. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in thanking our Veterans for their service and we hope you have a safe and happy Veterans day!
The Vidor Lions Club honored Veterans with a Veterans Day Celebration at the Vidor Lions Veteran's Park "Fields of Freedom" Memorial on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Over 200 citizens and soldiers attended to honor those that so unselfishly served our nation, and to express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.
City offices, with the exception of the police department, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day. Sanitation services will still run as scheduled on Wednesday, so please put your container out as usual if you are a sanitation customer with Wednesday pick-up. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in thanking our Veterans for their service and we hope you have a safe and happy Veterans day!
Vidor Police Department “Operation Blue Santa” is gearing up for Santa's arrival!
Applications have been taken. Tags (as pictured above) will be at the below listed locations for citizens to be able to take one and buy a gift for a child. On the back of the tag is the gift a child has told Santa they would like to get for Christmas. Please help us fulfill the wish list for these children.
Walmart ~ Vidor Police Department Lobby ~ BBVA Compass Bank
Capital One Bank ~ CVS Pharmacy ~ DuGood Federal Credit Union
First Financial Bank ~ MidSouth Bank ~ Subway (300 N. Main St.)
The gifts can be dropped back off at the location the Tag was picked up from or bring them to the Police Department. Just be sure to attach the tag to the unwrapped gift so we can get it to the right family. Of course, any gift purchased is appreciated and can be dropped off at the locations below.
Toy Drop Off Locations:
Dollar General Stores ~ Family Dollar Stores
1390 N Main 115 W Bolivar
1752 Hwy 12 3695 N Main
320 S Main
4080 N Main
Vidor Police Department Lobby ~ Woogies ~ Red Wagon Café ~ Comtex
Toy distribution date is December 13, 2014, so if you get a tag please turn it in by Monday, December 8, 2014 so we will know what is left for Santa to do for the children.
Special Events that benefit Blue Santa:
The family dollar strip center is having their annual Bolivar Street Bash on Saturday November 15, 2014.
Beall's department store will be holding their annual Christmas Sidewalk Bazar on December 5-6, 2014.
For additional information or questions about the Blue Santa program please contact the Vidor Police Department at (409) 769-4561.
City offices, with the exception of the police department, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in observance of Veterans Day. Sanitation services will still run as scheduled on Tuesday, so please put your container out as usual if you are a sanitation customer with Tuesday pick-up. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in thanking our Veterans for their service and we hope you have a safe and happy Veterans day!