CLEVELAND (WJW) – That’s a wrap on one of FOX 8’s most cherished annual traditions — Operation Giving Tree.

Every year, this heartwarming initiative offers all of us at FOX 8 and our wonderfully generous viewers an opportunity to help Santa for children in need during the holiday season.

Now in its jolly 18th year, your kindness and donations will bring smiles to children across five Northeast Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit.

Thank you for joining FOX 8 and Northern Ohio Honda Dealers in Creating Magical Holiday Memories.

Friday, Nov. 17, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., generous donors brought new, unwrapped toys or gift cards to FOX 8’s headquarters, located at 5800 Dick Goddard Way.

Attendees could expect a day full of fun surprises:

  • Santa Claus himself will be making several appearances
  • Your favorite Fox 8 anchors and reporters donning their holiday best
  • Live, prancing reindeer (you heard that right!) from 7 a.m. to noon
  • Music to set the yuletide mood
  • Skilled artisans creating spectacular ice carvings before your eyes from 4 p.m. until 6p.m.

Those unable to make it could donate using our Amazon Wish List. Your donation will be delivered directly to FOX 8 for the event.

Gift ideas to sparkle under the tree:

  • Sporting goods (basketballs, footballs, etc. for future MVPs)
  • Dolls (from Barbies to baby dolls and L.O.L. Surprises)
  • Board games and puzzles for family fun nights
  • Car or truck playsets for the little speedsters
  • Lego sets for the creative builders
  • Action figures to spark imaginative adventures
  • Arts & crafts for the budding artists
  • STEM toys to inspire future geniuses
  • Rattle sets and play mats for the tiny tots
  • For teens: electronics, gift cards, and makeup

Whether you chose to shop from our virtual Amazon Wish List or joined us in person for a day of holiday spirit and generosity, your contribution will make a world of difference.

Thank you to everyone who came together to transform this holiday season into something truly magical!

FOX 8 would like to give a massive “Thank you!” to our sponsor, Northern Ohio Honda Dealers, for their unwavering support and contributions to keeping the spirit of giving alive!