BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Eighteen children adopted by the men and women in blue and their families were the recipients of a special Christmas Tuesday as they collected gifts at a shelter at St. Vincent De Paul.
The event was part of the Louisiana State Troopers' Association Trooper charities. The kids ripped open their gifts and learned the faces in uniform are ones they can count on in times of need.
"A lot of these children unfortunately are at risk and we want them to see that police officers are their friends and people they can trust," said Trooper Jared Sandifer. "If they need help they can come to us. We're not the bad ones on the street, we're the ones who can help them out when they need it."
The holiday season is one of those times for some of these families. The troopers collected the names and ages of the children at the shelter and bought them gifts. Those gifts, says Sandifer, helped put smiles on faces that otherwise might be missing on Christmas morning.
"This is amazing and these are kids that probably wouldn't have a Christmas without this and just to see the smiles on their faces when they get those gifts, it makes out jobs worth it," added Sandifer.