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Tuckerman, AR--Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Tuckerman Police Play Santa

December 20, 2006--Posted at 10:35 pm

TUCKERMAN-- As Christmas approaches, Tuckerman's police force is spreading the holiday spirit giving early Christmas gifts to children in need.

The police department tells us how a small task served a big purpose.

Chief Black has been a member of the Tuckerman PD for nearly eight years. He has seen a lot of difference being made within his department, but nothing compares to this.

"Started out, we were going to get like four bicycles to deliver to some of the children to the area. Four grew to 41," Chief Don Black of the Tuckerman Police Department says.

41 bicycles... will be delivered to needy children this Christmas along with food items collected by Tuckerman Elementary.

"The kids went all out. We had two pick up loads of canned goods and non perishable food items," Chief Black says.

Kids like 11-year-old Erica Black were in on the collection and are helping with the delivery of these early Christmas gifts. It's a chance to make sure no child in the community is left out.

"Some kids might not get any because their parents might not have much money. They'll need clothes and food to help their family," volunteer Erica Black says.

Collecting such a large number of gifts for those in need was a task, but the purpose was something even the smallest contributor can understand.

"It makes me feel really good that the other kids get like an early Christmas present and everything," Erica says.

And for the police department who will continue to sternly enforce the law, it was a chance to show Tuckerman their softer side... spreading the holiday spirit.

"We are human. We do care. That's what it's all about. That's what Christmas is all about," Chief Black says.

 The police Dept sponsored a contest at Tuckerman Elementary.

The class that gathered the most canned goods won a pizza party hosted by the Tuckerman PD.

The winner of that contest was Mrs. King's second grade class

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