DETROIT (WWJ) – Working together to make Christmas a little better for some families in need — WWJ and the Detroit Police Department joined together to collect toys and other items for a number of Detroit children this holiday season.

WWJ’s Laura Bonnell was there, along with midday anchor Jackie Page, when wrapped presents were packed into WWJ news and police cars for delivery as a part of Sergeant Santa Holiday program.

Demia Smith, 6, was thrilled to see Chief James Craig walk through his front door on Thursday, along with a dozen officers. “I like police,” he said shyly.

Police lined up outside dozens of homes with arms full of gifts for families — many overwhelmed by the generosity — and all very grateful.

“Man, this is so wonderful,” said grandmother of seven, Ida Love, “I can’t believe this — oh my gosh.”

WWJ Newsradio 950 worked with the Detroit police and community sponsors Xfinity Comcast and Faygo to make the holidays a little more cheerful for children in 28 families.

The goal is to double that number in 2017.

“We are just scratching the surface,” said Craig. “Maybe we set a goal next year, start promoting this early and we get 50 families.”

The drive marks the third year for the Sergeant Santa Holiday program.


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