FCC to Host Operation Santa Claus

For one glorious Saturday in December, 120 military families will be treated to a day of fun, relaxation, and a show of appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

On Saturday December 12th, these military families will be treated to a day of food, Santa, Claus, and presents by a group of volunteers who have worked for an entire year to plan this event.  Each child will get to see Santa, and stuff a Christmas sock with candy and small toys, before entering Santa’s Workshop to pick out a brand new toy. Then it is on to the Build–A–Bear Station, and a trip to see the face painter.  There are arcade games to play and a marvelous buffet lunch complete with a carving station.  Last but not least, the kids can head for the sledding hill that is covered in real snow!  

By the end of the day, that begins at 6:00 AM and goes ‘til 8:00 PM, your body is tired but your spirt is soaring.  For you have experienced the joy of a child yelling “It’s just what I wanted” as they select their toy or experience snow and sledding for the first time.  You see a little girl hugging her new Teddy Bear, while her sister gets her face painted.  In the midst of all this happiness you will have a parent thank you and say, “Without this event we would not have had Christmas, we just couldn’t afford it this year”. Three years ago, a women mentioned, “This is the first time my son has smiled since his father deployed to Afghanistan”.  But in truth, the thanks belongs to these families who have chosen to defend our country.   

You are invited to come and see this amazing day as FCC joins with Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, the Gold Star Parents and the Blue Star Mothers of Contra Costa County, the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley and Englander Catering in showing our appreciation and support for our Troops and their families.  This will be the sixth consecutive year that we have hosted this incredible event.

Several volunteers are needed for the days of Dec 11-12.  If you want to help on either or both days, with this wonderful event to support the troops, please contact Bill Bush