HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Santa traded in the big red suit for one of a police officer and made it a caravan Christmas.
With about five thousand toys on hand the Hattiesburg Police Department, Forrest County Sheriff's Office and Hudson's Salvage teamed up to make some special deliveries Saturday morning. Several apartment complexes in the Hub City were the stopping points for the truck loads of toys where they were then handed out to area children.
"I really think this is amazing because a lot of people, they don't have anything to give their kids because of the recession or just loss of job or layoffs and I think it's wonderful and a beautiful thing. I really feel like this is amazing," said Brandi Liddell.
"There's no other time that we are more like Jesus than in our giving and being able to give back during this season of Christ and celebrating His birth. I think this is an excellent way to give and to be more like Christ which is the reason for this season and the smiles on these kids face brings joy to my heart," said Hattiesburg police Capt. Ricky Myers.
"Kids, making sure everyone of them gets a toy, making sure all of them are happy, can't be no better than that," said helper Elijah Varnado.
This is the first time all three agencies came together for this type of giveaway and with the results, plans are already in the works for next year.