Christmas is a time for giving and celebrating all the wonderful things in our lives. Sadly, not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy the holidays in the same way. That's why Operation Santa Claus exists. OSC is a combined effort between the Shreveport Police and Fire departments. The goal is to give local underprivileged children a reason to smile by providing new toys for Christmas.

If you've never taken part in Operation Santa Claus, it truly is amazing. When you see the joy on these kids' faces...it's hard not to smile and be filled with joy.

If you'd like to help this amazing cause, you can in multiple ways. Starting today through December 16th, you can make donations of new, unwrapped toys or money. Toy and monetary donations can be made at Townsquare Media, 6341 Westport Rd, 71129, and all Citizen National Banks in Shreveport and Bossier. Checks can be made out to Operation Santa Claus. You can also call the Donation Hotline at (318) 773-GIFT(4438).

We will also be out and about in the community over the next 2 weeks. Here are the locations we be:

Tuesday December 3rd 7a-9a Brookshires at 9250 Mansfield Rd and Bert Kouns

Thursday December 5th Brookshires at 3000 North Market St. and Ravendale

Tuesday December 10th 7a-9a Brookshires at 5828 LineAve and Pierremont

Thursday December 12th 7a-9a Brookshires 1125 Hwy 80 E (Haughton.

Special Dates

December 2-14 Chica and the Bald Guy’s Big Bike Bonanza

December 10th @ 11:30am - 1:30pm North Shreveport Business Association Toy Drive

December 14th @ 9:30am NW LACar Club “Santa Fun Run” toy donation at Town Square Media

December 11th @ 10:00am Shriner’s Hospital for the “Barney Cannon Smile Run”

Operation Santa Claus phone number is 773-GIFT (773-4438). Phone line is manned M-F from 9am-5pm. (Leave message if no answer)

via Townsquare Media

As you can see, there are dozens of opportunities to help out this truly amazing cause. Your donations aren't just buying toys or bikes, they're buying smiles and memories.