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Santa to Ride Through NoVa Collecting Toy Donations

As Christmas approaches, children everywhere will be watching the skies for Santa Claus. In Fairfax County some very special children won’t have to wait until Christmas Eve. Santa and his elves will be rumbling down the streets of Fairfax County on motorcycles Dec. 12, 13 and 14.

Once again, Santa has temporarily traded in his sleigh and reindeer for a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The Fairfax County Police Motorcycle Squad, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Fairfax City Police, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, and the Town of Vienna Police will be escorting Santa on his 25th annual Ride for Children.

On Monday, Dec. 12, Santa’s elves will pick up toys and other donations from police stations and other government facilities throughout the county. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Santa will visit seven Fairfax County public schools. Santa and his helpers will deliver toys to children at INOVA Fairfax Hospital Child Life Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and to the Georgetown Hospital Lombardi Cancer Center on Thursday, Dec. 15. Toys will also go to various local charities including the Ronald McDonald House and the Reston F.I.S.H. (For Immediate Sympathetic Help).

Anyone wishing to make a donation should bring a new, unwrapped toy, game, book, or other gift to any Fairfax County Police station or their designated school or to the Fairfax County print shop at the Government Center. All donations should be made before 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

An itinerary for Santa and his helpers is available upon request from the Public Information Office at 703-246-2253.