Kids who live inside the city limits of Gold Beach may get a special visit Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus will be escorted to children’s houses by either a police officer in a patrol vehicle or by a firefighter in a firetruck. Participating parents will need to pick an item from their child’s Christmas list, wrap the gift and deliver it to the Gold Beach Police Station by Dec. 15.
The deadline is necessary so the department can determine the number of volunteers needed for the event. “I don't know how many kids will be participating in this event this year,” said Gold Beach Police Department CPL. Ray Warren. “I have reached out to Riley Creek School to hand out fliers to parents, as well as social media.”
Each gift must be labeled with the child’s name and address, along with providing the parent’s contact information. Gifts may be delivered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. There’s no fee to sign up and drop off a gift.
“Delivery will be between 4 and 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you must be at the residence or you will miss the delivery from Santa,” Warren said.
“This event is going to be 100% donation- and volunteer-based. Fuel is donated by the Wallaces at the 76 gas station, I will volunteer my time to help coordinate things and escort Santa, and the fire department will volunteer a crew and truck to haul the presents.”
This year, the address where the gift is to be delivered must be located inside the Gold Beach city limits. “I am starting with just Gold Beach, so I have a good idea of what to expect when we expand next year,” Warren said.
“Next year, I would like to expand outside of Gold Beach and grow this event to eventually bring Santa to most of Curry County,” he said.
“This isn't my idea. I grew up in a small town in Carmel Valley, California and the fire department put on this same event. They actually had a fairly large operation that included four Santas, several firetrucks and about a dozen elves.
“The only thing I am hoping to accomplish with this event is something exciting for the kids.”
For more information or to make a donation for low-income families, contact Warren at 541-373-3005 or email@example.com.