Cops For Kids Christmas shopping to help about 250 children

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Santa's elves were spotted at the Crestview Walmart Friday morning wearing a blue uniform.

Crestview Police Community Services Officers Wanda Hulion and Sam Kimmons directed volunteers Friday morning to shop for almost 250 local children. It was part of the Police Department's Cops for Kids program.

Volunteers included members of the Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni Group, police officers, and Crestview City Clerk Betsy Roy.

The police department says the employees of Allen Turner Chevrolet voluntarily deducted from their paychecks last month and donated more than $15,000 to the Cops for Kids program.

"People have been real generous this year," Officer Kimmons said. "These young 'uns are going to be very happy Christmas morning."

In all, the Cops for Kids volunteers spent nearly $10,00 and bought more than 800 gifts.

Most of the money not used this year will stay in the Cops For Kids account and will be used for future toy shopping. Police say some of it will go towards the annual CCPAA Toy Run, in which toys are given out in low-income housing neighborhoods before Christmas.

"We just love giving back to our community," Officer Hulion said. "We sometime have to deal with negative things. We look forward to doing this positive event."