Operation Santa Donates Holiday Cheer, Toys To Families Of Slain Officers

Mike Krauser
December 15, 2018 - 11:07 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Macy's department store in the Loop was buzzing with Santa's helpers and the Mr. and Mrs. themselves made an appearance to pick up toys and delivwer them to children of slain or critically injured police officers.

The festivities were put on by The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation; police officer elves from around the city dressed up as part of Operation Santa and started their journey at Macy's. 

The Christmas motorcade is making its way to 19 families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one, said Executive Director of the CPD Memorial Foundation Phil Klein, but through Operation Santa, the police community is able to bring financial support, personally selected gifts and much needed joy to the families of the officers.

"This is a tough time," Klein said. "Unfortunately, we lost two police offiers this year, Paul Bauer and Sammy Jimenez, and their families are hurting."

Klein said it will mean a lot to the families and will be a positive way for the police offiers to extend a helping hand to the families who suffered losses or who's partners are on in the military. 

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"We will get more out of this than the families and kids we visit," he said. "At the end of the day, that's what it's about."

This is the twelfth consecutive year Operation Santa has been in action and the team will be delivering gifts through Dec. 16. If you would like to donate to the families, visit the website and see pictures from previous years.