Biloxi Police Deliver Christmas Joy To Needy Families

It looked like Santa's workshop, right before Christmas. Bags of toys were ready to be delivered to boys and girls, and elves were hustling to load up the sleigh.

Except the workshop was at the Biloxi Police Department. And Santa was an officer wearing a badge.

Officer Kerry Fountain was guiding the sleigh Friday morning, delivering hundreds of toys to 13 South Mississippi families.

"They are families in need right now this holiday season," said Officer Kerry Fountain. "And they're the ones that called in and asked our help, and the community has responded to our request in helping us collect toys."

It's a call officers and young Police Explorers are happy to respond to.

"Hey, good morning. Merry Christmas," Officer Fountain said as he greeted a woman in D'Iberville.

"It just makes me feel good," said Daisy Watson, an advisor for the Biloxi Police Explorers. "It makes me feel like I'm going something good, not just thinking of myself during the season."

"We're from the Biloxi Police Department. Merry Christmas. We're just here to deliver some toys for you," Officer Fountain said as he approached a man in East Biloxi.

"Well, we sure appreciate it," the man answered.

The "Santa Wears A Badge" campaign has delivered joy to countless families for more than 15 years. Officer Fountain is a rookie in the program. Being Santa for a day can be life-changing.

"It's a magnificent feeling and I love it, and I look forward to doing this for many years," Fountain said.

The toys were donated by the public, as well as officers, dispatchers, and records clerks at the Biloxi Police Department. It took officers several hours to deliver all the gifts.