Santa 911 is coming to Susanville
Santa is expected to arrive by helicopter about 2 p.m., so bring your children and your camera.
Santa’s personal visit to Susanville is part of Santa 911 — a fund-raiser organized by public safety officers designed to spread Christmas cheer among 10 needy families in the community who otherwise might not have a Christmas.
SPD Sgt. Darryl Bermender has led the program since it began in 1997. Originally called Santa Cops, it was dubbed a more politically correct Santa 911 to recognize the firefighters who have been involved with the program since its inception.
“We’ll be soliciting donations from the public in front of Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9,” Bermender said. “The Salvation Army will select 10 families. The week before Christmas the fire department, CHP and police department will caravan across town and deliver the donations. Of course, we’ll have Santa Claus with us.”
The public safety officials will accept donations of unwrapped toys and canned goods. The public may sign up for a free drawing. This year’s grand prize is an overnight stay and dinner for two at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno.
Donations also will be accepted at the Susanville Police Department at 1801 Main St.
For more information on Santa 911, call Bermender at 257-5603.
“Santa 911 wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season,” Bermender said.
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