FRIDAY: ABC15 picks Operation Santa car winner

The 12th Annual Operation Santa Claus is coming to a close.

The drive culminates on Friday with a "Human Chain" of volunteers who help deliver all the collected goods to Arizona families in need.

Friday is also win we'll announce the winner of this year's brand new car given by Sanderson Ford and Lincoln.

This year's charities are St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Military Assistance Mission (MAM).

Everyone who donated to our cause this season was entered in to win either a new Ford F-150 Super Crew EcoBoost or a new Lincoln MKZ.

Fifteen finalists were chosen over the last several weeks, and now we're ready to find a winner! That winner will be announced on ABC15's Sonoran Living Live Friday at 9am.

Friday is also when we hope to announce the final donation total from this year's drive. We know it will be humbling to total the generosity of Arizona! Thank you everyone who has participated!

Operation Santa Claus is a partnership between ABC15 and Sanderson Ford and Lincoln. It's an Arizona tradition that collects food, toys, clothes and monetary donations for local charities.

ABC15 and Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln are also proud to partner with Clear Channel radio The UPS Store locations for this annual event.

The holidays are a tough time for some of our neighbors in need for a variety of reasons. Some people have to forgo gifts because of a sick child in the hospital for an extended length of time, or they have lost their job and there is not enough money for food. We can all take action and help.

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