CLAREMORE, Okla. -- Claremore Police handed out a present to every student at Claremont Elementary.
Santa and Buddy the Elf went from room to room Friday passing out 453 gifts.
“You know, Santa had a long trip down,” Chief Stan Brown with Claremore Police said. “You know, it’s not really snowing down here so his sleigh had a little trouble but we got him here.”
Some students got dolls, others got truck or Play Doh.
The gifts were bought with money from the police department’s ‘No Shave November’ campaign and with donations from the community. Claremore PD also teamed up with Toys for Tots.
“The monetary value may not be much but the thought and the work that goes behind to give and to share pays in great dividends,” Chief Brown said.
Seeing smiles early Friday morning was a special way for the officer’s day.
“They see bad things in life a lot, so it gives us an opportunity to come in outside our own personal homes and families to see the ability to bring joy to others,” Chief Brown said.
Chief Brown said he hopes others take notice of what the department did and the joy it brought to the children.
“Go out and help people,” Chief Brown said. “Share. Don’t be selfish about it. Don’t contain it in your own home. You’ll be surprised at the fulfillment you get by sharing a meal, taking someone to the grocery, giving them time.”
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