Santa Claus is arriving early to our area to help kick off Operation Santa Claus, the annual toy drive coordinated by local law enforcement, firefighters and media. The kick off ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Townsquare Media in Shreveport.
Firefighters will drive Santa on a big red fire truck, and law enforcement officers exchange Rudolf’s red nose for blue lights as they escort Santa to the station. Officers, firefighters and radio personalities will then join Santa in providing toys to a few dozen young boys and girls at the radio station to kick off the season of giving that will help about 1,000 boys and girls in our area receive Christmas gifts.
Operation Santa Claus teams the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport Fire Department, Shreveport Police Department and Townsquare Media to provide Christmas toys to disadvantaged children in the Bossier and Caddo Parishes.
They can’t do it alone, though, and OCS relies on individuals, businesses and organizations that are so generous in giving toys and monetary donations each year so children can enjoy Christmas.
There are a number of ways the community can support OSC and help provide Christmas presents to needy children.
OSC will be operating live radio remotes on these dates to encourage donors to drop off new unwrapped toys or donations:
- Nov. 29, 7 – 9 a.m., Brookshires, 9250 Mansfield Road (corner of Bert Kouns)
- Dec. 1, 7 – 9 a.m., Citizens National Bank, 2711 East Texas St. in Bossier
- Dec. 6, 7 – 9 a.m., Rite-Aid on corner of Youree Dr. and Southfield
- Dec. 8, 7 – 9 a.m., Brookshires, 1125 Highway 80 in Haughton
You can also drop off unwrapped gifts at any Citizens National Bank or at Townsquare Media, located at 6241 Westport Ave. in Shreveport. You can also mail donations to “Operation Santa Claus,” 6241 Westport Ave., Shreveport, LA 71129.
Supporters can also call the OSC phone number, 773-GIFT (4438), on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.