ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The second day of the Albany Police Department’s (APD) “Operation Blue Santa” was a success.
The annual program began this year at the Walmart in East Albany on Tuesday.
APD officers accompanied 50 children throughout the store with shopping carts and gifted them with dozens of toys.
Police said the event is all about interacting with children.
They want children to know they are our future and law enforcement are their friends.
On Wednesday, APD did its second round of holiday shopping gifted children with dozens of toys.
How the children are selected is based on the families’ needs for financial assistance.
APD wants those children and families to be rewarded around this time of year.
”It’s out of the heart of the police officer. He actually wanted a particular item that he didn’t have enough funding for. So, it’s officer discretion. So, what I did was step up and purchased it for him and I allowed him to use his card to get some other things that he might’ve wanted” said Sgt. Charlie Roberts.
Roberts said community donations paid for this event.
APD said those 50 children all left with big smiles on their faces, ending the day with much success.