Operation Santa continues, but with restrictions

ELGIN, OR – Nearly 1000 bags of candy were delivered to homes in Elgin last year during Operation Santa Clause.  The tradition will continue this year, however due to COVID there will be some changes.  In the past, Santa engaged with the residents of Elgin and photos were taken, however this year that will not take place.  Fire Chief Kevin Silvernail said to have your porch light on if you want Santa to stop. 

We know how very important this tradition is to our community and to our department. We are going to do our very best to pull this off given the COVID-19 situation. 

We will be running with a limited group of volunteers this year. Please be patient and be home! We will not be able to go back to your house if you weren’t home when we came by the 1st time. We will be starting between 4:45 and 5pm just like each year. 

1-We will not be going into homes this year.

2-If you don’t have your porch light on or house lights on we will Not stop at your house. 

3-We will be keeping Social Distancing requirements, which mean pictures too. We will not have time to do pictures this year. We truly apologize. 

4-We cannot do any special requests this year. 

5-Everyone will be in proper PPE. Santa and helpers. 

We want to keep this tradition alive while keeping everyone safe. 

This program is sponsored through a wood raffle that is held each year, which supports Operation Santa Claus.