Christmas may be over but Target and Lufkin PD are still extending their generosity.
Through an event called Heroes & Helpers Lufkin Police were able to shop with local children.
“I think we had 22 officers that came out this morning who donated their time to come shop with all these kiddos, it’s a wonderful thing,” said Lt. Jerry Smith, Lufkin PD.
The program, sponsored by Target, raised more than $8,750 which was distributed equally amongst 50 kids.
Each child was given $175 and an officer to shop with.
“I had a little four-year-old girl with me and she was shy at first, but then she really got into the spirit of it she had a wonderful, wonderful experience,” said Lt. Smith.
It was a memorable experience for both the children and the officers shopping with them.
Some of the children made unexpected choices with the money they were given.
“I asked her ‘what do you want?’–‘I want a curtain for my room’–‘a curtain’. So that was the first thing that we got,” Lt. Smith said, holding back a tear. “Once she got that then she kind of got off into the toy thing, and the dress up and things like that.”
Lufkin police also participated in Blue Santa but were unable to help as many children as they wanted and this event, Lieutenant Smith adds, was a “last minute miracle”.