FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mysba Regis, communications and marketing director, The Children’s Inn at NIH
cell: 240-274-2101 [email protected]
BETHESDA (Dec. 11, 2019) — On Dec. 11, Montgomery County drivers may be asked to yield for the motorcade of a very important visitor: a Harley-Davidson-riding Santa Claus escorted by about 30 Montgomery County Police elves on motorbikes for the Annual Santa Ride benefiting The Children’s Inn at NIH in Bethesda.
Santa’s motorcade will make 6 stops in Montgomery County between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to bring joy to children along the route and collect donations for The Children’s Inn at NIH, a nonprofit that provides free lodging and a wide range of supportive services to families of children with rare or serious illnesses whose best hope is a clinical trial at National Institutes of Health.
The procession will start at the 5th District police station in Germantown and conclude at The Children’s Inn. Children and families are invited to meet Santa and support The Inn at community stops throughout the county. The final stop at The Children’s Inn is a private visit for Santa and his elves to spend time with the children residing at The Inn.
Officers and families staying at The Inn this holiday season will participate in holiday themed arts and craft activities, cookie decorating, face painting, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and “Shop with a Cop” at The Children’s Inn Gingerbread Gift Shop filled with donated presents for their families.
There are several ways to support children and families served by The Inn: Take an on-site donation to Santa on his route, donate online at www.childrensinn.org/santaride or support our Holiday Wish List at www.childrensinn.org/amazon. Join the conversation about Santa Ride at #MCPSantaRide on Facebook: @TheChildrensInn; Twitter: @TheChildrensInn; Instagram: @thechildrensinn.
|5th District (Germantown) Station||20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown||Leaving at 10:00 a.m.|
|Upcounty Regional Services Center||12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown||10:05 a.m.|
|Public Safety Headquarters||100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg||10:45 a.m.|
|RIO Washingtonian Center (Target)||25 Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg||11:15 a.m.|
|Fair Hill Plaza – Olney Town Center (near fountain)||18169 Town Center Drive, Olney||2:30 p.m.|
|Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks||915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring||3:10 p.m.|
|Pike & Rose shopping center||11580 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda||3:50 p.m.|
|The Children’s Inn at NIH||Private event – Patients only||5:00 p.m.|
Located on the NIH campus, The Children’s Inn is a nonprofit hospitality house that provides free lodging and supportive services to families of children with rare and serious illnesses whose best hope is a clinical trial at the NIH. Every year, The Children’s Inn houses more than 1,500 children and their families from across the United States and the world to help reduce the burden of illness on families, make childhood possible despite illness and advance medical breakthroughs at the NIH that benefit children today and generations to come. For more information about The Children’s Inn, visit www.childrensinn.org or follow us on social media at: Facebook: @TheChildrensInn; Twitter: @TheChildrensInn; Instagram: @thechildrensinn.
*Santa will do his very best to stay on schedule but please note that all times are approximate. Please follow the Department at @mcpnews and The Children’s Inn @thechildrensinn on Twitter during the Santa Ride and use the hashtag #MCPSantaRide for the most up-to-the-minute information.
In the past, residents have inquired why the Santa Ride cannot begin at night so that school children may have a better opportunity to see Santa. Please know that the ultimate goal of this ride is meet with the families of NIH, so we need to make sure that we arrive at the Inn at a reasonable hour and that Santa has time to talk with all of the children. We appreciate your understanding.