Santa continues to spread cheer across Texoma and there will be no boy or girl left behind, at least not on his watch.
Santa did it big and now a tradition of over 25 years continues. Law enforcement officers generally serve and protect.
“We get into this job because we want to help people,” Wichita Falls Police Association President, John Spragins said.
With the holidays sneaking up, they are doing a little more than chasing after bad guys.
“We have this opportunity to go around and give something back to the families and the kids,” Spragins said.
By “something” Spragins means Santa and his elves police escorted, a gesture that certainly put a smile on the faces of every boy and girl.
Santa walked the halls of the pediatric wing at United Regional, rested, and made his way to the Children’s Aid Society with sacks of toys.
“Usually children who come from trauma are at risk children often tend to have more of a conflictual relationship with law enforcement and so I think It’s wonderful to see them in a happier positive experience,” Children’s Aid Society Executive Director Sheila Catron said.
Though some kiddos’ only wish for Christmas is to see their mom and dad, they were without a doubt excited to open the gifts Santa knew they would love.
“I want them to have a sense of appreciation not only for the people who considered them today to share their time and to give them gifts but also an appreciation for each other,” Catron said.
With all the laughter and smiles and Christmas confessions to Santa, each boy and girl will go to bed, a happy camper.
Folks with the Wichita Falls Police Association have been fundraising all year to make this possible, and with a little help from the fire department, no one received a bag of coal.