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Operation Santa 2012
You can use this form to request a visit from Santa on December 21st or December 22nd. There is no charge for this program thanks to the generosity of Lebanon Residents and the Lebanon Rescue Corporation. You must fill one form out for each child that you want to receive a toy.
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Operation Santa 2012
The Lebanon Rescue Department has started collecting toys for our Operation Santa. The Rescue Department has been helping hand out toys and coats to Lebanon children for the past 16 years after the program was started by Chief Gil Gerrish.
Last year, we added a visit by Santa to the houses of about 230 Lebanon children on the 2 days before Christmas, which was not only amazing for the children and families themselves, but for the responders as well. To see the looks on the children’s faces was amazing. When we pulled up in the ambulance and had the kids yell, Santa is here and just see their smiles will live with the responders for many years to come.
This year we will be once again collecting new, unwrapped toys to help children in town who have suffered a traumatic event like a loss of a loved one. We do this in addition to the Operation Santa, which provides a toy to any child in town who would like a free visit from Santa. Families who have suffered a traumatic event get a bag of toys to help through the difficult holiday season thanks to the generosity of townspeople.
Residents who want to drop off toys to help Lebanon children can drop them off at the following rescue drop off locations:
We started collecting toys as of November 3rd and have received a lot of great donations already. We would like to thank Southern Maine ATV Club who made a large donation of toys to the rescue after their annual toy run on November 4th. We also would like to thank the York County Trail Riders who held their inaugural toy ride this year and donated all the toys to the rescue department for Operation Santa.
This year, Santa will be coming early to Lebanon for children to come see him and tell him what they would like for Christmas, while also helping raise funds for Operation Santa. On Saturday, December 8th from 9am until noon, Santa will be visiting Stokewoods Diner at 1001 Carl Broggi Highway in Center Lebanon to help the Operation Santa program. Children can come in and sit on his lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas. The owners of Stokewoods have generously offered to donate a percentage of all food sales that morning to help Operation Santa. The snow date will be Sunday, December 9th from 9am-noon.
Toys are needed for ages newborn right through teenagers. Last year, due to the generosity of the residents, we were able to help 225 kids through Operation Santa and about 20 families additionally through the toys for families who have suffered a traumatic event. Donations will be accepted through December 23rd.
Residents who wish to make a monetary donation can mail them to:
Lebanon Rescue Corporation – Operation Santa
323 Depot Road
Lebanon, Maine 04027
Families looking to have Santa stop in with a toy on Friday evening, December 21st or Saturday evening, December 22nd can email us at email@example.com or fill out a form at www.lebanonrescue.com and mail it into us.
For more information, please contact Chief Samantha Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 608-5615.