Officer Jim Gordon, top, rides as Santa Claus along International Boulevard in Oakland on Wednesday. The Oakland Police Department's Traffic Division held its annual "Motor Santa" Operation to provide toys to Oakland children up to the age of 12. At left, Santa gives Julio Lopez Jr., 5, a high-five as father Julio makes sure the child says "thank you" for the gift. The toys were purchased with police donations.

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