Police officers in Claremore worked overtime this week– without extra pay– all to help get bicycles ready to hand out to kids in need.
Parents and grandparents were overwhelmed by the surprise gifts Friday afternoon. Lori Ross said the delivery may have saved her family's Christmas this year.
"It was going to be hard this year. But this right here just topped it," she said.
Helen Culbertson, the grandmother of a bike recipient, was in tears thanking police officers.
"I think it is absolutely awesome. I really do, because they deserve it," she said.
Police Chief Stan Brown said he hopes this establishes good relationships between police and the community.
"To help those kids understand that authority figures and other members of the community are there as a resource to help them," Brown said.
Officer Robin Blair has worked as the school resource officer for 11 years in Claremore and said she's seen a growing need in the community.
"I see them every day in school and we know there are kids out there that don't get presents."
Chief Brown said officers worked until midnight Friday morning at the police station to make sure the bikes were ready to ride as soon as they were passed out around town. He said the city and generous donors made the giveaway possible. The children were also given helmets to ensure they're as safe as possible on their new wheels.
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