Local officers take kids on a Christmas shopping spree

ALBANY, N.Y, (NEWS10) –There were about seven families here Saturday and what was amazing is that the children were able to spend over four-hundred dollars to buy whatever they wanted, all with a gift card.

Weaving in and out through different stores, you could see it on the children’s faces, smiles of excitement wanting to buy almost everything in the store.

“You want the Storm Trooper too”, said Lieutenant McCracken of the Schenectady Police Department.

It was a team effort of officers from different Police Departments. They took time out to help these children check off items on their Christmas lists.

“You know, we’re in the season of these families who can’t afford to do this so every little bit helps and I’m glad to be a part of it”, said Sheriff Michael Zurlo of Saratoga County.

These families were chosen by several Police Departments based on their level of need.

“Well our deputies throughout here have occasionally answered numerous calls out to the county so they get a good sense of the community and who needs help in the community”, said Rensselaer County Undersheriff Patrick Russo.

This was an act of kindness that many of these children were not expecting when police showed up at their doors to tell them the good news.

“I was scared because I thought I was going to get in trouble and stuff”, said Tames Siapondilo who received a gift card.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some smiles on kids’ faces”, said Undersheriff Patrick Russo.

Not all of the money will be spent. Some of it will be set aside for the parents to buy gifts for the children on behalf of Santa.





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