FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Wednesday marked the 35th ribbon cutting at Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Claus Workshop, while the crowd sang ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ and around the corner he came in a fire truck to assist with the ribbon cutting.
Santa made his way through the crowd greeting people by name and commenting on how much they’ve changed since last year.
Santa then join his elves and Garrison Commander, Colonel Shrader and Command Sergeant Major Bristow to cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of Operation Santa’s workshop.
Operation Santa’s workshop with the help of area community members and businesses help to provide toys, puzzles and games to families on Fort Riley who may not be able to provide those kinds of gifts for their kids.
“When you can have a kid wake up on Christmas day and smile even though you don’t have the monetary means to do so, that’s wonderful in itself.” Operation Santa Claus, Head Elf, Sergeant First Class Wayne Gallegos says.
There are big green and red donation boxes that say ‘Operation Santa Claus’ on Fort Riley: at all the brigade headquarters, the PX, and USO, as well as at the Junction City Chamber of Commerce, City Cycle Sales, and at Walmart in both Junction City and Manhattan.