WFPD Shops To Bring Christmas Joy To Kids in Need

Christmas is just eight days and  some kids, who may have never celebrated the holiday, will get to open gifts this year.  The Wichita Falls Police Department is making this possible with their Annual Cops, Kids, and Christmas event. 

On Wednesday, the police department was on a mission.  They went shopping for the children and with the generosity of the community, they had over $3,000 to spend.

"We've been doing this for several years, well over 15 years," Officer Jeff Hughes with the WFPD said.

It's all about bringing joy to these kids.

"Some of these kids are in the situation they're in, obviously for no fault of their own.  Some of them have been removed because of drugs, or because of family violence," he said.

So for the kids, Christmas might not be as merry, but this year will be different.

Hughes said, "We visit the kids at the United Regional in the pediatric unit and we take Santa and the elf up there and see those kids that are, have to spend Christmas at the hospital."

All of the officers had a list, and as they got the items, they check it off.

Some of the gifts the kids wanted were expensive, like an iPad or an iPod Touch.

"They're $247," Hughes said.

Since each child had a budget, they opted for a cheaper tablet that's just as good.  However, some of the gifts were a steal.

"Axe gift set.  A $25 value for only $14.88," Officer Brandi Banda with the WFPD said.

Officer Hughes said, "Is this thing only $24?"

Everyone had a lot of fun while they were shopping and some of them even tested out the toys.

However, some of the kids didn't want a traditional Christmas toy.  They wanted a basketball.

Once they got everything on the list, they headed to the check out counter.  They filled up four carts, and as every item was scanned, the pile got bigger, and so did the cost.  However, they said it's worth it.

"To see them experience it for the first time, to see the joy on their face, you know, when they even open the smallest of gifts, the look on their face is just priceless," Officer Hughes said.

On Friday, December 19th, the officers will deliver those gifts and Santa Claus will be there to hand them out as well.  Santa will probably thank all of the officers/elves for all their hard work.

, Newschannel 6