SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The big man in red himself made an early stop Monday morning to bring smiles to children in need, ahead of Christmas.
Operation Santa Claus, an effort between the Shreveport Police Department, Shreveport Fire Department and Townsquare Media, officially launched Dec. 2. to deliver gifts to thousands of kids who are underprivileged across Shreveport.
“To see that genuine smile, it brings a tear to your eye because it shows you did something good for the community,” said Calvin Baker Jr., a Shreveport firefighter. “They see hope in Santa Clause.”
The benevolent toy drive has been serving the community since 1984 and relies heavily on community support to collect toys to gift to children.
“We want to keep the kids, kids, as long as they can...our goal is to make them smile, make them happy and meet their needs,” said Cpl. Matthew Welch, a Shreveport police officer. “It’s very important for us to let the public know we’re out there and we care.”
To make a toy donation, deliver gifts to Townsquare Media at 6341 Westport Avenue in Shreveport, or call (318) 688-1130.