By Corinne Murdock |
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) issued a jolly video telling the story of how “Santa” received their help with delivering toys after his sleigh broke down.
“Unfortunately, Triple Elf was not available for roadside service,” quipped the narrator.
The video follows MCSO Santa’s adventure as he borrows an MCSO bicycle, then horse, a “reindeer with wheels” (quad), a patrol car, a boat, and finally a tactical vehicle.
At one point, Santa had trouble mounting the horse, which the narrator attributed to consuming too much milk and cookies last year.
“Santa soon realized that indulging in all the milk and cookies from last year may have been a mistake,” observed the narrator.
Then, Santa landed on the “naughty list” for speeding. The narrator explained that Santa made an honest mistake, as he usually “moves at the speed of light.” However, the officer came to Santa’s rescue by offering his patrol car in exchange for the quad.
To avoid rush hour in the car, Santa then borrowed an MCSO boat. Yet, the dilemma of wet and lost presents on the lake posed another issue — that’s when the SWAT team came to the rescue with their tactical vehicle.
That final mode of transportation proved to be the right fit for Santa, ensuring a successful delivery of presents.
“Santa was drawn to the red lights on the vehicle that reminded him so much of his beloved Rudolph,” stated the narrator. “Santa hopped in and went on to deliver every one of those presents on time, ensuring a happy and Merry Christmas for the children of Maricopa County.”
In addition to filming Christmas stories for the county’s children, MCSO has been busy with other initiatives to spread holiday cheer. This week, MCSO’s Hard Knocks High School (HKHS) for juvenile inmates crafted blankets for homeless Tucson students.
“HKHS students are learning ways they can participate in community service events, such as making blankets for children,” explained MCSO in a Facebook post. “The education department believes that students need to experience real-world community service opportunities in order to exercise civic responsibility.”
Earlier this month, MCSO also participated in their annual Shop With a Cop program. That event ensures children in families experiencing financial or other hardships have presents for Christmas, while working to improve relationships between youth and police.
Police serve as a chaperone and shopping buddy for the children. Sometimes, they will incorporate a meal, activity like a movie, or a visit from Santa into this special day.
MSCO also highlighted one of its deputies for giving away over 180 skateboards to children in the community.
To ensure no Arizonans lose their Christmas cheer over stolen packages, MCSO published a video advising the community on how to prevent it.
Finally, to kick off the month, MCSO participated in a Christmas parade.