He was escorted by members of the New Boston Police Department, as officers made their annual trek to the homes of needy children.
Chad Miller, 12, was all smiles as he opened gifts like a Yahtzee game, a Connect Four game and a watch. He proudly held up a hooded Ohio State University shirt for everyone to see.
His sister, 15-year-old Amanda, was opening her packages as well.
“I love this,” she said as she opened up a portable CD player and a new CD.
Chris Miller, 17, was not at home at the time Santa and his entourage arrived.
The Christmas program was started nine years ago by New Boston Police Lt. Greg Grant to provide gifts for families who might not otherwise have a merry Christmas.
“Businesses donate money beginning in October and then we go out and purchase the gifts,” Grant said.
Judy Tolbert, head dispatcher for the department, then handles the wrapping and organizing. Tolbert said most of the kids on the list are just asking for toys, but the New Boston Christmas fund sometimes provides things like shoes or coats.
Grant said his reason for starting the program was that he liked helping children.
“Through my years of coaching since I left high school, I have been able to identify needy children and it has helped us locate those who need the most,” Grant said.
The names of the needy are also provided by schools, churches and even the Scioto County Children Services. Capt. Steve Goins said that the department will help 147 families this season.