CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of Chicago police officers had a special mission today, WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

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The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation kicked off Operation Santa this morning.

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A police motorcade pulled up to Macy’s with lights and sirens on and out from a limosine popped Santa and his elves, Chicago police officers, dressing the parts.

The foundation was picking up and then delivering Christmas gifts to 17 families of fallen or seriously injured police officers. There were 34 kids on their list.

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The foundation’s executive director, Phil Cline, said the annual event makes the officers feel good and shows the families that they’re not forgotten. He says they’re owed a debt of gratitude.