Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will kick off its Santa Cops program on Wednesday with a caravan that will visit area families with toys in tow.
The Santa Cops toy caravan will meet at Enterprise Area Command on Rainbow and Windmill Lane at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday and deliver gifts to 16 children. Several other area commands will deliver gifts until Wednesday, December 23.
The LVMPD changed its nearly three-decades-old Christmas program to comply with new social distancing guidelines by bringing Santa Cops to families who are struggling as a result of job losses, and furloughs from business closures. The program normally pairs officers with kids to shop for Christmas gifts at a local Walmart.
This year, 10 area commands have shopped for Christmas presents to deliver to pre-selected families in need. The event will serve more than 74 families, totaling 200 children. The children come from families that are dealing with the harsh financial consequences of COVID-19 shut- downs. Area command toy deliveries are scheduled on the following days:
December 15: Downtown (Finished) December 16: Enterprise (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
December 17: Summerlin (9 a.m.) December 17: Southeast (9 a.m.) December 17: Spring Valley (9:30 a.m.)
December 22: Bolden (1 p.m.)
December 22: Convention Center (11 a.m.) December 22: Northeast (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.) December 22: South Central (1 p.m.) December 23: Northwest (7:30 a.m.)
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, the number of children who will benefit increased this year by 70. Donations were sponsored in part by Walmart, Three Square, Las Vegas Raiders, Ford Country, and Anthem Nevada Medicaid, Brenden Mann Foundation and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.