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Local law enforcement helping kids have a happy Christmas

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

While many of us will celebrate the holidays by exchanging gifts with our families and loved ones, others may not be able to bear the financial burden of doing so. 

To make the holidays magical for everyone, local law enforcement agencies are teaming up Sunday to take children in the community out shopping. 

Children are picked up at their homes by a firefighter or police officer, and then driven to a surrounding Walmart. The officers and firefighters will take the children through the store to pick out Christmas gifts for themselves and their family members. 

Once the presents are picked out, the children are driven to Greyhound Park to meet Santa, wrap their presents, and put together food baskets for their families. 

Officers and firefighters will then load presents and food into their vehicles and take the children home. 

Cash and food donations are also being accepted by participating law enforcement and emergency service agencies in  both Spokane and Kootenai County. 

The participating agencies for 2016 are: 

  • Coeur d'Alene Police Department
  • Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police
  • Idaho State Police
  • Kootenai County Fire & Rescue
  • Kootenai County Sheriff's Office 
  • Life Flight Network
  • Post Falls Police Department
  • Rathdrum Police Department
  • Spirit Lake Police department
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Department
  • Spokane Valley Police

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