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Sacramento Sheriff's
Santa Claus Project

Since its inception in 1995, the Sheriff’s Santa Claus Project, started by detective Mike Wright and retired sergeant Steve Gralian, has expanded beyond Kaiser Hospitals to include Angel Tree, W.E.A.V.E. and Gifts from the Heart.

Santa Mike now visits the homes of families with children diagnosed with a terminal illness and families with special needs, as determined by the staff of Kaiser Hospital and the Sheriff’s Department’s Child Abuse Bureau. Kaiser recognized that Santa’s hospital visits had such a positive impact on the children that it was important for Santa to visit these terminally ill children in their homes. Santa Mike graciously took on this task, with the support of the Sheriff’s Department and Kaiser Hospitals, and relying on his own resources and donations from the Sheriff’s Department and County employees, local stores and the Sacramento community.

The Sheriff’s Santa Claus Project now operates on a year-round basis. However, the project does something extra special for local families with children receiving oncology treatments during the Christmas season. Santa and his elves personally visit with every child they encounter at Kaiser Hospital. They deliver stockings stuffed full of goodies during the week of Christmas and Santa visits emergency rooms and other areas of the hospital where children are admitted.

Sheriff’s deputies use donated funds to purchase gifts from local stores and they gather toys donated by the Sheriff’s Toy Project. Deputies meet the week before Christmas, at Santa Mike’s home, to wrap donated toys and gifts. The gifts are then placed into Christmas stockings, hand-made from the Sheriff’s Toy Project.

The week before Christmas, Santa Mike delivers toys, clothing, and Christmas stockings. He is accompanied by Mrs. Claus, several elves, and many Sheriff’s Deputies as they deliver special “wish list” items to the children and the parents. In each home they take photographs for the family with Santa and his elves.

Santa and his elves will be delivering Christmas toys starting on December 11, 2010, and finishing December 31, 2010. For more information about, or to make a donation to, the Sheriff’s Santa Claus Project, please contact project coordinator detective Michael Wright at (916) 874-5848 or by email at

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