Cops and Kids

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

The van looked like a child's delight filled with new, unwrapped Christmas presents. This was the tenth annual Cops and Kids Motorcycle Parade, and the gifts were definitely adding up.

Richard "Buddha" Weathers, the vice president of the White Sands Chapter of ABATE of Florida, says this is the biggest parade yet.

"This year we have about 150 motorcycles right now, which means we'll have about 200."

The Panama City Beach Police Department collects the toys to hand out December 22 with a basket of food to Bay County families. Chief Robert Hardin says it's so exciting to deliver the gifts.

"It's Christmas, there's no other way to explain it. If you've never been out on one of the delivery runs, it's very heart warming. A lot of these kids may not have a lot for Christmas, so we try to provide them with some gifts and some food for Christmas, maybe make it a little brighter."

Weathers agrees with Hardin.

"It's a warm feeling. It makes everybody feel good. It makes you feel good to give to people less fortunate than ourselves."

And with toys already overflowing, everyone involved is proud to pass along a smile to a local child in for the holidays.

You can still donate a toy at the Panama City Beach Police Station located behind the Beach Library at Highway 79 and Back Beach.


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