WASHINGTON -- Wednesday evening dozens of District 7 police officers and fire fighters worked together to make Christmas extra special for children in Ward 8.
From bikes to Barbie dolls and board games, officers packed vehicles with gifts donated by local AME churches.
“In Ward 8 we have a lot of challenges, poverty is one of them, and we want to make sure all the kids here receive something, that they don’t go another Christmas holiday without getting at least one gift,” explained Metropolitan Police Department Commander for District 7, Vendette Parker. “We want to make sure that they trust us, not just when things are going bad, but also when things are going good,” she continued.
Santa even hopped on a Harley and lead the convoy through Southeast to make the special deliveries.
Douglass Knoll Apartments were the first stop.
“Any other time they come out here, we see these flashing lights, they come to pick up a body, somebody got stabbed, shot, but it is just so beautiful that they came around here today to do this,” expressed Patricia Denson as her daughter ran to greet Santa.
As children were mesmerized by the man in red and white, officers and fire fighters carried loads of presents inside.
“Oh my gosh, to see these kids’ faces and how they are jumping around that is just wonderful,” said Denson.
The crews also distributed gifts at Malcolm X Recreation Center and Woodland Community Center.