Since early December 2023, The SJSO Santa and Grinch have been spreading Christmas cheer at local schools. Grinch, also known as Deputy Grant Pierre, said he would not steal any toys from children when he accompanied Santa, also known as Cpl. Jose Portillo, during visits to several elementary schools in St. John Parish.

The children enjoyed taking pictures and chatting with Santa. Grinch was still on his best behavior — most of the time.

But, as we all know, the Grinch can still do Grinch things. At some of the schools, he just couldn’t stop himself from attempting to steal a few toys. Santa, however, was right there to stop him!