San Francisco Police Conduct ‘Operation Holiday Cheer’ to Show Support for Kids at Family House, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Photo of Toy Drive

On Christmas Eve, San Francisco Police officers joined University of California San Francisco Police and CHP officers in conducting “Operation Holiday Cheer,” bringing holiday greetings to children at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Family House. The children are patients whose admission for medical treatment at these local facilities makes them unable to be home with their families on this holiday.

As part of the operation, officers in marked SFPD police cars formed a motorcade that stopped at each facility. After activating the emergency lights on their vehicles, officers exited the cars to wave their holiday greetings to the children, their families, and the staff members who provide them medical care. Santa Claus joined the SFPD officers from the back of a specially decorated SFPD flatbed truck. Due to concerns over Covid-19, Santa and the SFPD officers earlier delivered toys to each facility so they could be safely delivered to the children, many of whom are immunocompromised.

The SFPD has a long-standing partnership with Children’s Hospital and Family House and this Operation serves to remind kids in difficult situations that they are not forgotten this Christmas season. Moments like this remind us why we swore an oath as peace officers: service to others. We are proud to wear the SFPD star and honored to protect our community.

Video from the operation is available here:

Happy Holidays from the San Francisco Police Department!

News Release