With just days to go before his big night on Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus toured Germantown this morning with his friends from the Montgomery County Police Department. He traded his sleigh and reindeer for a Harley and full police escort to tour the County and spread good cheer as part of the MCPD’s Santa Ride.
Santa, along with Mrs. Claus, and the motor officers are bringing gift bags and donations raised by the Montgomery County Police Department to a party for the children whose families are residents at the Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda.
The ride, which has become a yearly tradition, set out this morning in Germantown as Santa his team of motor-elves left District 5 Headquarters on route to their first stop. They rode down Century Boulevard to the Upcounty Regional Services Center on Middlebrook Road where Santa met with a group of little ones.
Santa and his motorcycle elves than traveled to Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg and on to the Target store at the RIO Washingtonian Center. The procession then head to Fair Hill Plaza in Olney Town Center and down to the Starbucks on Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, before a late afternoon stop at the Pike & Rose Shopping Center in Bethesda. The annual event ends at the Children’s Inn at NIH in Bethesda for a private event with Santa and the patients at NIH and their families.
The Children’s Inn is a private, nonprofit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce their stress and facilitate the healing process through mutual support. In fiscal year 2018, more than 1,700 families came from 50 states and 94 countries to stay at The Inn. Families do not pay to stay at the Inn; we rely solely on private contributions to sustain our operations.
The Children’s Inn is seeking financial donations from local organizations and businesses. All donations raised will help support operational expenses as well as programs for the entire family. These services include recreational, therapeutic, wellness, educational, and spiritual programming. Each one designed to build community and wellbeing among residents and to provide children and families a natural opportunity to meet and make friends with others going through similar experiences.
“We are hoping you will be able to donate to this charity event,” said Laura King, Senior Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach for the Children’s Inn at NIH. “Your charitable, tax-deductible donation will help The Children’s Inn continue to provide much needed services to seriously ill children and their families. To provide a financial donation on-line, please visit our website at www.childrensinn.org/santaride, and enter your information. You may also mail your donation to The Children’s Inn at NIH, Attn: Donation Department in c/o Santa Police Ride, 7 West Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Top: Santa rumbling down Century Boulevard this morning toward the UpCounty Regional Services Center to kick-off the annual Santa Ride.
Next: Santa was escorted by his helpers from the Montgomery County Police Motor Squad.
Next: Santa with the kids in Germantown at the UpCounty Regional Services Center.
Photos by Germantown Pulse