Issaquah Police Department plays Santa Claus for needy families
December 23, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 23, 2010
Issaquah police officers and department employees spread some holiday cheer to local families Dec. 17.
The department has a tradition of adopting a needy family and gathering items from a Christmas wish list.
Then, Santa Claus receives a little help from officers to present the gifts to the family.
The agency started the tradition four years ago.
For Christmas, the department picked a pair of families in need — a total of six children and five adults — and employees snapped up items from the wish list.
The holiday haul included big-ticket items, like bikes and helmets, Barbie dolls, Razor scooters and other toys, plus bedding, kitchenware and other household essentials. Red Robin also donated a $50 gift card for a family.
Overall, the department collected more than 40 items for the families.
“This department never fails to amaze me with their generosity!” department Communications Specialist Jacqueline Kerness said.
Then, department employees wrapped the gifts for the families, headed to the homes and — spoiler alert — Motorcycle Officer John Lindner donned a red suit to portray Santa Claus for a third consecutive year.
“One day we will figure out how to get the motorcycle on the roof to the chimney!” Kerness said.