Operation Santa Claus begins in Shreveport-Bossier

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Photo by Allen J.M. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office

SHREVEPORT – Santa Claus made an early visit to area this year.

His sleigh, however, was a big red fire truck driven by firefighters and Santa, himself, was escorted in by law enforcement officers. Deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office are working

Photo by Allen J.M. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office
Photo by Allen J.M. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office

alongside the Shreveport Fire Department, Shreveport Police Department and Townsquare Media to provide Christmas toys to children who are less fortunate in Bossier and Caddo Parishes through Operation Santa Claus, which has provided toys to disadvantaged children since 1984.

Two dozen children from Northside Elementary School were chosen to receive toys from Santa, marking the first distribution of toys this holiday season. Other events will take place over the next few weeks to support Operation Santa Claus, and officers and firefighters ask for the public’s help in providing unwrapped new toys and monetary donations for hundreds of local children who may not otherwise receive any Christmas gifts.

Donations can be made online through the OSC website, www.osccaddobossier.com or mailed to 6341 Westport Ave., Shreveport, LA 71129.  Toys and donations can also be dropped off at all Citizen National Bank locations, Townsquare Media and Life Share Blood Center on Linwood.

There will be six radio remotes where radio personalities will be broadcasting live along with law enforcement officers and firefighters to support OSC:

-Dec. 2, Brookshire’s at 9250 Mansfield Road, 7 – 9 a.m.
-Dec. 3, Health Care Express at 1460 E. Bert Kouns, 4 – 6 p.m.
-Dec. 4, Time It Lube, 988 Ravendale and N. Market, 7 – 9 a.m.
-Dec. 9, Brookshires in Haughton, 1125 Hwy 80 E., 7 – 9 a.m.
-Dec. 10, Brookshires in Benton, 6280 Highway 3, 4 – 6 p.m.
-Dec. 11, Rite Aid at 5711 Youree and Southfield, 7 – 9 a.m.

Other special dates for Operation Santa Claus include:

-Dec. 2, Chick-Fil-A at 7010 Youree Drive, Donation Drop Off, 5 p.m.
-Dec. 13, NW LA Car Club “Santa Fun Run” toy donation at Townsquare Media, 11 a.m.
-Dec. 13, OSC RC Race at Trends &Trains Hobby Shop at 7143 Mansfield Road, noon
-Dec. 17, Shriner’s Hospital “Barney Cannon Smile Run.” 10 a.m.
-Dec. 17, Last day to drop off gifts for sponsored children
-Dec. 22 – 23, Deputies and firefighters deliver toys!

You can also follow OSC on Facebook, online at www.osccaddobossier.com or call 318-687-GIFT (4438) where phone lines are manned Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.