Operation Santa Claus kicks off

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Monday, local law enforcement kicked off the 26th annual Operation Santa Claus with a visit from the big guy. Every child knows what they want for Christmas,  but the reality is not every parent can give their children the Christmas they would like to.  Operation Santa Clause trys to help them out.

"We have a lot of kids that's low income. This really does help with parents who may not be able to get their kids as much stuff as they like for Christmas," said Kendra Dukes, a teacher's aid who works with several kids who benefit from the program.

While they are out on patrol, local law enforcement and firefighters from the Shreveport Bossier community meet kids who won't get much for Christmas. They make a list of those children, collect donated gifts, and then they get to play Santa.

"We deliver those gifts on the fire trucks and police cars to those kids," said Jeff Williams with the Shreveport Fire Department.

This year they plan to serve 800 -1,000 kids.

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