Police officers bring Christmas to needy families

CREATED Dec. 24, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police officers suited up as Santa’s helpers to bring food and toys to some very deserving and grateful families.

Little Alexis Frierson is a big SpongeBob fan, and she got a big stash of some her favorite stuff for Christmas with some help from the Milwaukee Police Department.

“We were looking for you guys all morning!" says Jennie Frierson, Alexis' mom. "We had the door staged open, they were waiting. They saw you guys and screamed mom and dad they're here!”

Frierson’s family is just one of several seeing Christmas come a little early thanks to these officers who’ve hit the streets to help deserving families for the last six years.

“The police officers just love doing stuff like this and they do it throughout the year but this is a special time of year," explains MPD Captain Thomas Stigler. "So we go a little bit above what we normally do but it's a great day for everybody.”

Officers loaded up their cruisers like Santa’s sleigh and even got a little help from Santa himself to make sure everyone got some great gifts.

“He kind  of helped us out with what the kids wanted," Stigler says.

Even mom and dad got something special.

“It was overwhelming. I feel so special and blessed. My kids thank you so much," says Frierson.

It's all in a day’s work for these everyday heroes.

“We are blessed with the jobs that we have, working for the city," says Stigler, "and this is just our way of giving back.”

Leading up to one of the most special days of the year for the kid in all of us.

“It's going to be a beautiful Christmas. I can't wait until tomorrow.”