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500 children receive gifts this holiday through the 'Santa's Elficers' program with SBPD

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – South Bend FOP Lodge 36 is finalizing their biggest “Santa’s Elficers” program ever!

For years, South Bend agents have helped hundreds of children in need through the program.

The “Elficers” are heading out later this week to deliver to families!

It is estimated that 500 children will receive gifts this year, almost double last year. Santa’s Elficers don’t just shop, wrap, and deliver gifts to kids – they also provide meals to their families.

“Obviously here you can see all the food we have behind me,” said Joshua Morgan, vice president of South Bend FOP Lodge 36. “This is all community. This is how the Michiana community responds when we ask “Hey, we need some help with the food drive. It’s a good feeling knowing the community is supporting and supporting you. It’s also a really good feeling knowing you’re taking care of families that really need it.”

The South Bend Police Department hopes to help more children each year.

Santa’s Elficers will be taking donations all through the Christmas season!