CHICAGO (CBS) — A police motorcade is carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus throughout the city and suburbs this weekend, as the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation conducts “Operation Santa.”

With lights flashing, the motorcade pulled up to Macy’s in the Loop to pick up gifts for the families.

On board are Santa and Mrs. Claus, who are actually retired CPD officers.

“One of the things we’re here for, is to show the families of these police officers who have died or who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty that we haven’t forgotten them,” Phil Cline said, Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

“The holiday seasons can be rough for families that have lost a loved one or are catastrophically injured,” said First Deputy Police Supt. Kevin Navarro. “And this is a way to give back. When we go to these houses and see these family members, to bring a smile to their faces, is something you’ll never forget.”

They’re visiting 18 homes throughout the weekend.

This is the 11th year of Operation Santa.