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Santa Cops program delivers toys and joy to 150 Westminster kids

Santa Cops program delivers toys and joy to 150 Westminster kids

Almost 1,200 gifts were wrapped on Wednesday, Dec. 18, as part of the city’s Santa Cops program. It’s an amazing program that helps 51 families and about 150 kids from ages five to 15 in the Westminster community to have a happy holidays.

“Each kid gets a coat, pair of shoes, shirt, pair of pants and three to five toys specific to their interests,” said program organizer and Police Department Investigator Kate Kazell. “The kids are nominated by police officers, victim advocates, school counselors and school resource officers who come across the families on calls for service and recognize a need.”

The kids sponsored to be a part of the Santa Cops program often have very heart-wrenching back stories: kids who have been victims of crimes, tragically lost parents or families that are homeless.

The items are donated by local companies, city departments, toy drives and individuals in the community. Money from grants and donated gift cards are also used to purchase the gifts.

Approximately 30 city employees, PD citizen academy alumni, City Councilors and community volunteers showed up at the Public Safety Center to wrap the stacks of gifts.

“After the children’s gifts are purchased and wrapped, about 12 officers deliver them that night to the children’s homes,” said Senior Police Officer Cheri Spottke. “This aspect of the program makes for a very positive interaction with law enforcement, which we’re happy to make happen.”

On Thursday, Dec. 20, officers also deliver a turkey dinner that includes side dishes to the families. The meals are donated by Tony Boselli, the owner of several McDonald’s restaurants in the Denver metro area.

Thanks to all employees and community volunteers who donated, wrapped and/or delivered gifts for this remarkable annual event!

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