LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers joined 50 children who anxiously waited outside the front doors of Target Thursday morning for a late Christmas miracle.
The children were all involved with the J.D. Center for Hope. The event was part of the Heroes & Helpers program. Each of the 50 children had a spending limit of $175.
"It was so great to hear the excitement in that parent's voice when I called them to let them know what was going on," said the center's Brittany Guidry. "It is so great to be able to see the police out here with the children, and it lets the children see that not all cops are bad."
Many of the children spent the time in the toy aisles while others were in electronics, and several more looking for a new pair of shoes. The children were helped after the department just got done with a successful Blue Santa program that saw 64 children across Lufkin get new toys for Christmas.
"It's kind of a miracle," Lt. Jerry Smith said. "There were kids that we wanted to help that we weren't able to. Target came along at the last minute, and here's 50 more kids we were able to help."
The money became available through left over grant money.