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Issaquah Police Department plays Santa Claus for needy families

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Issaquah police officers and department employees spread some holiday cheer to local families Dec. 17.

The department has a tradition of adopting a needy family and gathering items from a Christmas wish list.

Then, Santa Claus receives a little help from officers to present the gifts to the family.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (center) and Santa Claus carry gifts from the police department to deliver to needy families Dec. 17. Contributed

The agency started the tradition four years ago.

For Christmas, the department picked a pair of families in need — a total of six children and five adults — and employees snapped up items from the wish list.

The holiday haul included big-ticket items, like bikes and helmets, Barbie dolls, Razor scooters and other toys, plus bedding, kitchenware and other household essentials. Red Robin also donated a $50 gift card for a family.

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