Houston police substation holiday party for children

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On a normal night, these officers would be out patrolling the streets and protecting the city of Houston, but this Friday night they wanted to do something a little different.

"We have gift bags that we are giving away, we are giving away books, I will read a Christmas story every 20 or 30 minutes, we have food," says
Houston Police Department Assistant Chief of Patrol Region 2 Sheryl Victorian.

"We were affected by the hurricane so I was like, let's bring the kids on out," says Erica Boladale, who brought her children to the event.

Officers at the South Central station gathered together for "A Christmas Story" event with food included,

"We were just like looking at the monkeys, she was reading the Grinch Stole Christmas and stuff, we were taking pictures with Santa Claus," says Trestan Powell who came out with his family.

Companies across town donated what they could and World Vision, a nonprofit helping Harvey victims, stepped up to foot about 80 percent of the bill, so that each child would feel special.

 "Every single person is important and special and it's so hard for a child, they don't understand all. The things going on in the world and especially this year with Harvey in Houston and why they're not getting those presents and maybe they're not getting the same visit from Santa that other people are getting in our job is to make sure we go in and show love and show joy and pass that along where they get that same opportunity", says Laura Linn, site leader at the Houston warehouse of World Vision.

Houston police say a major goal of the event is giving kids the chance to interact with them and to learn what they are all about.

"We want to make sure that everyone knows that we are approachable, that we are a team, that we want to prevent crime and that we are a part of this community, we are not just a building in this community but we have stake in this community as well," says Assistant Chief Victorian.
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