NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Who knew Santa Claus carried a badge and a gun? Or served on the New Brunswick Police Department?
Santa and his elves, played by members of the New Brunswick police, visited kids across the city this past week to drop off toys.
Police detective Bill Coleman of the Juvenile Unit played the part of Santa, while other police officers played the part of the elves.
On Thursday, December 21, they stopped by the pediatric wards of Saint Peter’s University Hospital and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to meet with kids.
There, they delivered dozens of toys and gifts to the kids. The children had the chance to meet offices, play games or do arts and crafts with them.
New Brunswick police have been organizing the Christmas visit for many years, according to the city. Both the Rutgers Cancer Institute and Saint Peter’s expressed their gratitude on social media for the visit.
Then on Sunday, December 24, New Brunswick police loaded up one of their pickup trucks, which they converted into an ad hoc sleigh, and made their way across the city to hand out toys to the youngsters.
The caravan stopped in different neighborhoods over the course of Christmas Eve.
Dozens of toys were delivered to kids, some donated by New Brunswick PBA #23, according to the city.
Donations Ronald Sturminger of JLS Professionals, Howard Schmach of GDB International and Lorraine’s Embroidery, all local businesses, also provided toy donations.