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Santa Cops: Lubbock law enforcement take kids Christmas shopping

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

For the 12th consecutive year, the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock County Sheriff's Office have volunteered to spend a day with children identified as needing a helping hand this holiday season, taking them Christmas shopping. 

Bringing smiles to families who may be struggling this Christmas season: That is what Sgt. Tim Seeley, with the Lubbock Police Department, said is the mission of this event.

"The whole primary goal behind this is to take kids in need from our own community and provide them with the Christmas that they typically may not get. We just decided to come up with this program to start giving back to our community and give those kids a Christmas they deserve," Sgt. Seeley said.

All of the officers, deputies and kids first met up at Waters Elementary Saturday morning before going on a holiday shopping spree for toys and gifts.

Sgt. Seeley said seeing those children light up, whether it was finding what they wanted in the aisle, or getting to meet and talk to Santa Claus, is why he volunteers to sponsor a child each year.

"When you can bless a kid in need and put a smile on their face and have them just glow for the entire day is priceless," Sgt. Seeley said.

Meanwhile, he said this even is also designed to break down the barriers between police and citizens, spending the whole day with kids and showing a different side.

"Most kids, unfortunately, see us in a negative light, whether we go to their house while on duty, but at the same time, this puts the kid one-on-one with the officer to show that we are human," Sgt. Seeley said.

For 12 years and running, he added this program has been sponsored by the Big Brothers and Sisters of Lubbock organization, saying that because of the strength of the Lubbock community, moments like this are made possible.

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