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Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Not your typical sleigh. Not your typical elves.

I've never actually seen Santa riding in his sleigh, but I suspect it doesn't look like this:

Santa in a squad

But then again, I also don't remember Santa's workshop being in a courthouse, or his elves looking like this:

Partners with gifts

But it's the end result that matters. Santa was able to deliver toys to some good girls and boys, resulting in lots of smiles.

 

Back in 2014, a St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputy decided to purchase and deliver gifts as a surprise to some children whose parent was involved in a specialty court. (These are special programs involving customized treatments and intense supervision aimed at reducing repeat offenses in cases involving drugs, DWI and mental health issues.) When colleagues of the deputy heard, they decided to join in, and by last year, they had enough gifts for 15 families.

 

This year, even more staff from the Courts, Probation and Sheriff's Office got involved, donating a total of 60 gifts and making the holidays a little happier for children whose parents are working hard to turn their lives around.

 

With all that generousity, even St. Nick seemed to take notice and volunteered to help. Which is probably a good thing. Because while all well-intentioned, using deputies as elves last year might have caused some unintended scares. 

 

With Santa accompanying the deputies and court personnel, we're told the delivery of gifts went smoothly.  

 

And THAT'S how Santa ended up in the back of squad car.

 

Santa in a squad

 

We thank Santa and all involved for their generosity to these families.

 

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Author: Dana Kazel

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