Operation Holiday Cheer Brings Smiles to Children

Release Date: Dec 4, 2017  

REDDING, Calif. Dec. 4, 2017 - Spearheaded by employees of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Operation Holiday Cheer provided meals, gifts, and a visit from Santa to twenty children from Northern California disadvantaged youth programs. This year invitees also included families affected by the Helena Fire in Trinity County. The annual volunteer event is a favorite of the forest.

“Forest employees look forward to this event as much as the kids do, I think” said Terri Simon-Jackson, Deputy Forest Supervisor. “It’s just a good time for everyone.”

The children enjoyed a full day of fun learning activities at the Northern California Service Center in Redding including: meeting the Trinity Alps pack mules, a Law Enforcement K9 demonstration, hands-on learning about a fire engine, making a wreath to take home using forest materials, and reading a story about the Capitol Christmas Tree.  There was also a smokejumper demonstration and the National Smokejumper Association and Rotary Club of Redding provided everyone with a chili and hotdog lunch.  Later, Santa Claus made an appearance, providing each child a gift donated by the Toys for Tots Program.

"The idea today is to celebrate the holiday season with these kids, have fun, and hopefully instill a love and appreciation for our public lands while we're here," Forest Supervisor Dave Myers said. "I can't think of a better way to reach out and embrace our community than to introduce these kids to their National Forest during this season of giving."

Operation Holiday Cheer began as Operation Christmas Tree in 2004.  For more information on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, please visit us at www.fs.usda.gov/stnf, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF or on Facebook www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF

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Photo Album for Operation Holiday Cheer 2017: http://bit.ly/2nsy9xA