LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Opening gifts on Christmas morning is usually a fond memory for many us - but it won't happen for many children, including some right here in Deep East Texas. But thanks to Lufkin P-D and their friend 'Blue Santa' - this year will be a lot brighter.
"I got a bear; got some chalk," said some cheerful children.
And for these kids, that's all it took to make this the best Christmas ever.
"The reason I do the job is the kids," said Officer Cody Jackson.
But it's one they might have otherwise not gotten.
"That's one of the saddest parts about the job is you see kids in bad situations. We just wanted to bring them some happiness for Christmas," Jackson said.
Officer Jackson was the brains behind Tuesday's operation, delivering gifts to over 40 boys and girls on Lufkin's North side, with the help of another boy in blue…Blue Santa.
It's a gesture some repaid in words, others in tears.
"During this time you've lost a loved one, you've lost people you care about and just that slightest little thing makes it all worthwhile and makes your holiday that much better," said LaShayla Walker.
Law enforcement together with the community they're sworn to protect. And in a world where policewomen and men are often feared, today's goal was to introduce the hearts behind the uniforms.
"A lot of times they see us in bad light with news and everything else and we just wanted to show them some love and that way they could have a good Christmas hopefully," Jackson said.
And while for these kids, today's gifts may mean the world, for their parents all it took were smiles like this.
"To see the smiles on their face means more to me than anything in this world. We could have not been picked; we could have not gotten anything, so that means a lot to my family," Walker said.