With flashing lights bouncing off of Christmas decorations and sirens echoing through the quiet streets of Royersford, a special visitor from the North Pole made a surprise stop on Saturday night to help a local family in need.
Professional Santa Dutch Schrap, who - along with his girlfriend, Jennifer - launched the "Operation Nine Reindeer" charity earlier this year, set his sights on spreading some Christmas cheer to a local father and his three adopted children, after their mother lost her battle with cancer in September.
As the convoy - consisting of emergency vehicles from the Royersford Police Department, the Royerford Fire Department and the Linfield Fire Company - made their way down Third Ave, the three children - two boys and a girl - opened their front door to investigate the commotion. What they didn't expect was to see Santa dismounting the fire truck, with his trusty bag of gifts in tow.
Upon entering the home, the children were in total disbelief, as they continued to openly question if they were dreaming. One by one, the children, along with their father, received gift after gift - all of which were donated by local businesses and good samaritans throughout Montgomery County.
Included in the gifts were bundles of tickets to local sporting events, autographed sports memorabilia, gift cards, cash, and much more. In fact, Operation Nine Reindeer received so many donations that they had to return to the home later in the evening, to drop off another five totes of presents.
Once the initial gift exchange had wrapped up, each of the children took their turn sitting on Santa's lap, offering a steady line of innocent questioning.
"I just saw you at the mall earlier," said the eldest child. "How did you make it here so fast?"
"It's magic," replied Santa.
"Do you remember when you hid the Playstation behind the television?" asked the youngest of the three.
"Yes I do," replied Santa. "You were very young then!"
As the questions wrapped up, Santa bid farewell to the family, but not before posing for a few photos and shaking hands with the men and women who helped make everything possible.
Afterwards, the lights of the vehicles dimmed, and the roar of their engines quieted as they traveled away into the darkness. The Chrismas miracle was complete.
Editor's note: Per a request from Dutch Schrap and Operation Nine Reindeer, we have withheld the names of father and children involved in this story.
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