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Carthage Police Dept. Prepares for Giant Children's Christmas Party

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The Carthage Police Department hopes to spread Christmas cheer for children who wouldn't have it otherwise

“We have been running around everywhere, getting the candies, getting more toys that were donated to us...and you know, just making it pretty much perfect for the little kids that are gonna come tomorrow,” says Parking Control Officer Jakelyne Barrios.

The Police Department prepares Memorial Hall for its 39th Annual Children's Christmas Party

Come Saturday morning around 900 kids will fill these seats eagerly awaiting their gifts from Santa.

Assistant Chief Captain Hawkins says the most rewarding thing is,

“Just to see all of their faces with the smiles and the happiness when they get gifts and  just all of this, again, that they normally wouldn't get to see or get to have. So it just, it really shows on their face.

Not only is this an occasion for children to celebrate, it's a day to mingle with officers.

“I think really important for the police department to be involved for the community so they can perceive us differently. Especially little kids sometimes you know they get scared by their parents 'cause the police officer is going to come and get them,” says Barrios.  

Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and will enjoy Christmas carols from the Duke Mason Band.

The police department says after the party, because of the demand, they will get right to work on next year's planning.

“Ii think there is just such a need. A lot of it may be due to the economy. You know a lot of families right now are just in need of assistance,” says Hawkins.

In Carthage, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS.
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