BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Christmas is just a week away, and communities across the Coast continue to give back to families that may need an extra hand making their kid's wish lists come true.
Friday morning, nearly 200 families got that helping hand from the Biloxi Police Department and students from Biloxi High School. Hundreds of bags were ready to be delivered Friday morning to boys and girls that are on Santa's good list.
"This is one of my favorite events of the year," Biloxi Sgt. Jackie Rhodes said.
It may have been a cold, wet job, but helpers from Biloxi High were determined to bring dozens of children in their community a Christmas they deserve.
"It's giving to the kids. Giving back to the community like they did for us when we were smaller," senior Chris Clements said.
"I think the parents are going to be happy that they get to give toys to their kids today," sophomore Amanda Pham said.
Santa didn't climb down a chimney, wear a red suit or have a big white bead. Instead, he wore a badge from the Biloxi Police Department.
"They don't really know until we knock on the door that they were accepted or not or if they're going to get anything, and kids are happy," Rhodes explained.
The Santa Wears a Badge program was started years ago by the Biloxi Police Department. Each family that received gifts for their children were referred by people in their community.
This annual Christmas delivery is one that both police officers and others from the community enjoy being a part of.
"I get to help kids," Rhodes said. "I love kids. Especially those who may not otherwise, in these hard times, have a Christmas. Every kid should have a Christmas."
The hundreds of toys that were delivered to families across Biloxi were donated by the public.
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