HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – There was a police escort for one very busy and special man on Christmas Day. Santa Clause was out greeting children and bearing gifts in Holyoke. It was all part of an effort by Holyoke Police to bring cheer to the families they protect and serve.
“Many of those kids don’t have a whole lot and this is a way for them to see Santa and get presents and just bright their Christmas,” said Michelle Moriarty, a volunteer.
Holyoke Police went throughout the community and collected toys ahead of time and Christmas morning they delivered them to children. Their families helped as well, giving up their time to deliver joy to children citywide. Even Santa was impressed.
“This is a great day for the city of Holyoke, to give back to the citizens. We have been doing this for 27 years. Thankfully the crime prevention bureau and chief still let me come along. I’m trying to remember my lines, ho ho ho,” said Santa.
Police rolled up to the shelters and neighborhoods with fanfare, making the Christmas brighter than their police lights. Holyoke’s Police Chief couldn’t be more proud of the men and women under his charge.
“This is just one example of them giving back to the community, coming in on their time with their families to try and give gifts back to the children that are of need,” said Holyoke Police Chief, James Neiswanger.