Some children will go to sleep on Christmas Eve expecting and believing that Santa Claus will come and leave them presents.
For 50 children in Grand Prairie, that Santa figure is going to look a lot like a Grand Prairie police officer.
Police with funds raised through Harvest Family Life Ministries from area churches in Grand Prairie with the goal in mind of taking kids who are in need shopping this holiday season. They were able to shop for themselves or for family members.
Brittany Harley with Harvest Family Life Ministries said “We have partnered with area churches in the community to stand to defend vulnerable kids in their families kids who may have faced abuse, neglect, and abandonment who have been identified by the department of family protective services and our goal here is to engage and equip the church and the community to take a stand and help these families. Today we received over $5,000 to take 50 kids shopping in Walmart and get them engaged with police officers and also help dispel negative stereotypes that may be between law enforcement and people who live in underserved communities.”
Special Thanks to, Rush Creek Church, Freedom Church, Fielder Church, and Walmart in Grand Prairie.
The story is not over yet… It was great up to this point with over 50 families served that enjoyed a shopping spree but one family that was not on the list showed up and did not realize that they needed to be on that list. As they began to walk away Grand Prairie Assistant Chief Anthony Hogan jogged after them and we captured this photo (not the best) but Chief Hogan gave this family a Christmas to remember by giving them $200 to shop at Walmart. He did not want to see them turned away. Earlier in the event, Grand Prairie Police Chief Daniel Scesney encouraged others to give and to bless others but we did not expect to see this happen so soon. Thank you Chief Hogan for the blessing that you gave that family.