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Santa has traded his sleigh for a motorcycle. The Montgomery County Police Department’s annual “Santa Ride” started at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17. Motor squad officers are escorting Santa on a motorcycle bringing gift bags and donations to a party for the children whose families are residents at the Children’s Inn at NIH.

Montgomery County Police motor officers are collecting donations from all six police districts, area businesses, and residents to purchase gift cards from area stores to assist families residing at the Children’s Inn. These gift cards will assist families in purchasing food and supplies during their stay at the Inn.

The funds also provide gifts for the children staying at the Inn while receiving treatment at NIH.

If you wish to contribute, visit www.childrensinn.org, click the “Donate for the Holidays” button and select “2014 Police Santa Ride” or drop off donations at any Montgomery County Police District station.

Montgomery County Police District Stations

  • First – Rockville, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg
  • Second – Bethesda, 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda
  • Third – Silver Spring, 1002 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring
  • Fourth – Wheaton, 2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton
  • Fifth – Germantown, 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown
  • Sixth – Montgomery Village, 45 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg

The event started at the Germantown station at 20000 Aircraft Drive. Eight stops are scheduled along the way to collect donations for The Children’s Inn.

  • The riders’ first stop was at Wegmans Food Market at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown.
  • They then visited Public Safety Headquarters at 100 Edison Park Drive, arriving at Noon
  • After departing the PSHQ, the riders made a lunch stop at Mama Lucia restaurant at 14941 Shady Grove Road in Rockville.
  • Following lunch, the Santa ride will continue on to Rio in Gaithersburg, in front of DICK’S Sporting Goods at 2 Grand Corner Avenue, arriving at 12:45 p.m.
  • The riders will continue to Olney Town Center, arriving at Harris Tetter at 18169 Towncenter Drive at 3:10 p.m.
  • The riders will then head down to Downtown Silver Spring, Ellsworth Street near Starbucks, arriving at 4 p.m.
  • The next to last stop will be in Bethesda at Veteran’s Park, at the intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Norfolk Avenue, arriving at 5 p.m.
  • The Santa Ride will then depart for its final destination – the Children’s Inn at NIH. Arrival at the Children’s Inn is expected at approximately 5:30 p.m.From 5:30 t0 7 p.m., MCP officers and Santa will spend time with and distribute gift bags to the children at The Children’s Inn at NIH.


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Maureen Chowdhury

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Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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