In their line of work, law enforcement often comes across some of the most difficult and heartbreaking situations.
And one of the most tragic this time of year, is knowing there are many children in our community that have nothing to open on Christmas morning.
"[Law enforcement] nominate those children and Operation Santa Claus goes to work and filling their list with toys and making sure that these kids wake up to a wonderful Christmas," says Jeff Williams, Fire Prevention Officer with the SFD.
Williams, along with SPD Corporal Mary Garrett and Sergeant Tina Fruge with Bossier Sheriff's Office, stopped by T & T Speedway this afternoon to pick up toys and spend some time with the people who opened their hearts to the cause.
"We appreciate them on behalf of those children that are receiving the toys and besides that we get a kick out of seeing the cars race," Williams says.
And members of Operation Santa Claus are in a race themselves to gather -- and personally deliver -- as many toys as possible in an effort to make Christmas a bright spot for area children who need it most.
"They get a double treat. They get the toys and they get to see the firefighters and officers out in a way that they normally wouldn't see them."
Williams says the need is greater than it's ever been before and places like T & T Speedway make it possible to continue the operation.
"If not for their generous donations, Operation Santa Claus would not be able to fulfill those needs of the children."
For more information on Operation Santa Claus, click here.