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“Operation Santa” Helps Families of Chicago Officers Killed in Duty

Santa’s motorcade winds through Chicago area, delivers gifts to families of the fallen.

In a motorcade more fitting a foreign head of state, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their merry elves will drive throughout Chicago today delivering gifts, good wishes and the spirit of the holidays to nine families of slain or seriously injured Chicago Police officers. On Sunday, Operation Santa will visit ten families in their homes.

Operation Santa 2010 will kick off at Macy’s on State Street on Saturday morning as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and Macy’s officials load vehicles with gifts that will be given to children of slain and seriously injured police officers throughout the two-day event.

At each stop, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves (actually Chicago Police officers dressed as elves) and Chicago Police Memorial Foundation officials will bring gifts into the homes and greet children.

Kick off event —Shortly after 9 am on Saturday, December 18, the Operation Santa motorcade will pull up to the Macy’s State Street store.
The motorcade will stop on the south curb of Randolph St. just east of State St. After Mr. and Mrs. Claus load vans, there will be a media availability with Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Executive Director Phil Cline, Macy’s store officials, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and Chicago Police officials. Macy’s is the lead sponsor for Operation Santa 2010.

Visit to the home of Sgt. Philip O’Reilly – at approximately 2:15 pm on
Saturday, Operation Santa will arrive at 6650 N. Fairfield in Chicago to deliver gifts to the children of Sgt. O’Reilly, who was killed when his squad car was struck by a tow truck on the North Side in 2003. Sgt. O’Reilly’s widow, Bethany O’Reilly is the new president of Gold Star Families, a support group for families of fallen officers. Media will be given access to the home.

NOTE: 2:15 is an approximate time. Since there are several stops in advance of this one, the motorcade may arrive at the O’Reilly home a little later. Call or e-mail Dave Bayless for updates.

About the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives and memories of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and financial assistance to the families of Chicago Police officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Since 2007, the Foundation has provided nearly $1.5 million in assistance to these families.