Winter Haven PD shops for Christmas gifts for community - WFLA News Channel 8

Winter Haven PD shops for Christmas gifts for community

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WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) - A handful of Winter Haven police officers were on the hunt today -- not for criminals but for Christmas gifts to benefit the children of eight needy families in the community.

"What we do is we go out and we have their wish list that has been submitted by these families, and our officers go out, and we select these items that are on this wish list," explained WHPD spokeswoman Jamie Brown.

The effort is called Operation Reach Out, and since 1996 Winter Haven officers have adopted 325 children in 120 families for Christmas.

"It's real tough for any child not to get anything for Christmas, and that's why I'm so glad that we're able to help," said Officer Carol Bradley who's taken part in the operation before.

"It's such a wonderful feeling just to see the kids because they are so surprised," Bradley said.

The children don't ask for extravagant gifts. In fact, Sargent Aden Krug says the wish lists are pretty touching in their simplicity.

"Kids are asking for learning games. They're asking for sports items. They're also asking for specific action figures like Spiderman as well," Krug said.

Wal-Mart is providing matching money to ensure every Operation Reach Out dollar can go as far as possible.

Winter Haven Police plan to deliver the gifts, with a little help from Santa, on Saturday December 21st.

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