Every year around this time, kids in neighborhoods all across South Bryan await the sound of Santa’s “ho, ho, ho” to beckon through the streets — much the way they might hope to hear the footfalls of reindeer on the rooftop on Christmas Eve.
But in the coming days, Santa won’t be arriving by reindeer —instead he will be escorted by the Bryan County Fire Department, who will help the big man in red visit with local children and collect toys along the way for children in need.
Well, it won’t actually be Santa Claus — we all know Santa can’t be everywhere all the time. Those visiting neighborhoods are members of the Bryan County Fire Department who have been handpicked by Santa himself to serve as his special helpers.
What is known as the “Santa runs” got under way Tuesday night, but the department will be out tonight, tomorrow and three days next week helping spread some holiday cheer.
The following is a schedule of the BCFD’s annual Santa runs. The schedules are tentative and may be subject to change:
Wednesday: Buckhead North, Dunnam Marsh, Hearing Point, Marsh Harbour, Bluffs, Oak Pointe, Laural Grove, Hope Creek, White Oak, Kelly Davis, Daniel Siding and Shuman.
Thursday: Strathy Hall, Holly Hill, Fort McAllister Road areas, Oxford and Waterford Landing.
Tuesday: Main Street, Stearling Creek, Brisbon Hall, Demeries Lake, Bell Island, Lincoln Estates, Cove, Sterling Woods and River Oaks.
Dec. 11: Jerico, Belfast, Sweet Hill, Piercefield, White Oak and Live Oak.
Dec. 12: Richmond Place, Plantation Apartments, Ashton Apartments, Teal Lake, Mulberry, Richmond Heights and Richmond Hill Village.