How you can help Operation Santa Claus

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The BSO helped deliver toys donated by the public to kids in need this holiday season through its Operation Santa Claus drive.

Operation Santa Claus, the annual toy drive coordinated by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport Police and Fire Departments, and Townsquare Media, is operating full-‘sled’ ahead to help bring Christmas cheer to underprivileged children here in our area.

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and radio personalities have been at work doubling as Santa’s elves signing up needy children to receive Christmas presents, as well as holding radio remotes to encourage the public to provide toys and monetary donations.

Here are a few of the events this week where people can support Operation Santa Claus and help bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of boys and girls:

  • “Jocks in the Box” – starting Monday at noon, radio personalities from K94.5 (The Morning Madness) and Townsquare Media will be going into a “Box” storage shed in the parking lot of Pierre Bossier Mall, where they will live 24-hour-a-day for the next seven days. They are encouraging folks to stop by with new unwrapped toys for children and monetary donations.
  • Radio Remote – Dec. 8, from 7 – 9 a.m. at Brookshires, 1125 Highway 80 in Haughton.  Come say ‘hello’ to law enforcement officers, firefighters and radio personalities as you bring a new unwrapped toy for children or your cash donations.
  • You can also drop off unwrapped gifts at any Citizens National Bank or at Townsquare Media, located at 6341 Westport Ave. in Shreveport.  You can also mail donations to “Operation Santa Claus,” 6341 Westport Ave., Shreveport, LA 71129, or call the OSC number, 773-GIFT (4438).

On Dec. 14, firefighters, law enforcement officers, radio personalities and Santa Claus will visit with patients at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Shreveport for the “Barney Cannon Smile Run.”

On Dec. 20 – 21, first responders will deliver Christmas presents to hundreds of children throughout the ARK-LA-TEX to ensure no child goes without gifts this Christmas.