Police Department Giving Back to Their Community

by Jessica Cervantez

Thursday morning, members of the Diboll Police Department got their cars loaded up to deliver gifts. Diboll Police Chief Kent Havard said the morning was going good.

For eight years, the department has collected gifts for needy families. Some may not know what to expect when a police officer initially knocks on their door, but the end result is priceless.

Georgianna Moncrief, a Diboll resident, repeatedly thanked the officer.

"This is so nice. The girls are going to love this," Moncrief said.

Many of the families are facing tough times. One resident said her husband was laid off and just recently returned to work.

Families with little ones appreciate the gesture, and the officers like doing something nice for the community.

Cpl. Jason Burrous, of the Diboll Police Department, said, "For a lot of these kids, this will be the only toys that they get."

Chief Havard said, "When you see them smile, it makes you smile, and that's what it's all about."

Moncrief said, "Oh, gosh! I'm going to cry. You all are so nice."

When the program first started, the department helped about 20 families. Now, it is about 30.