Santa Passes Through Bethesda on Way to Children’s Inn

Montgomery police officers serve as elves for annual delivery of gifts and donations


Santa on Woodmont Avenue on Wednesday.

Douglas Tallman

Santa and his motorcycle-riding elves stopped in downtown Bethesda on Wednesday as part of the annual Santa Ride that benefits the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

The elves were members of the Montgomery Police department’s motorcycle squad.

Santa and the elves rode throughout the county to bring gifts and donations to the Children’s Inn, a private, nonprofit facility in Bethesda where up to 59 seriously ill children and their families can stay while the children receive treatment and participate in NIH research.

According to a letter from the inn’s Laura King, senior director of volunteers and community outreach, more than 1,500 families from 50 states and 86 countries stayed at the inn during fiscal 2016.

Families stay at the inn free of charge, no matter how long they need to stay. The inn relies on private contributions to sustain its operations, King’s letter said.

The Santa Ride started Wednesday morning in Germantown and passed through Gaithersburg, Clarksburg, Olney and Silver Spring before stopping at Veterans Park in Bethesda, meeting passers-by and posing for pictures, before heading to the Children’s Inn.

Santa's motorcycle-riding elves.

Santa leaves Bethesda on his way to the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health.


Video by Sarah Hogue

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