Santa rides to help kids at The Children's Inn

A Montgomery County police Santa rode a Harley.

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County police tradition continued Wednesday as Santa traded in his sleigh for a Harley to bring gifts and donations to the families at The Children's Inn in Bethesda. 

The inn provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families while the child is getting treatment at the National Institutes of Health. 

Santa and his elves on motorcycles rolled up to ten locations across the county, transforming Jennifer Roy's routine trip to the grocery store into an adventure.

"I was just here to shop and someone in the store was nice enough to let us know Santa was here," Roy said. 

Her three-year-old son Aidan and his friend were enthralled when they met Santa for the first time. But it wasn't just children caught up in the excitement.

PHOTOS: Santa rides through Montgomery County

"It's awesome. As we drive along, generally we see a lot of people smiling and waving back to us. I think Santa is well received in the county right now," Lt. Dave McBain with Montgomery County Police said.

Santa's final stop? The Children's Inn.

"At the holiday time, they're kind of sad they're not at home, wherever home may be," Laura King of The Children's Inn said. "They're usually spending their days in medical appointments, having needles, and tests."

But when the officers roll in, the kids can just enjoy being kids.

A time where the kids can do something that they're in control of, versus what's taking place during the day typically," King said. 

In 2015, more than 1,500 families from all 50 states and 86 countries came to stay here at The Children's Inn. 

Families never pay to stay at The Children's Inn, which relies solely on private donations. Information on how to donate to the inn can be found here

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