PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Volunteers in blue gather at the police station in Aspinwall, where Officer David Nemec continues a tradition he began four years ago: “Presents from Police.”

They load hundreds of gifts into dozens of police vehicles, and a convoy of cruisers hits the road. Destination: Children’s Hospital. Kids spending the holiday season in the hospital are in for a big surprise.

Officers bring bags, carts and boxes loaded with gifts into the lobby, beside the Christmas tree.

“You want the police car? Yeah, ok, let’s grab that.”

Officer Nemec reaches for a toy for a young boy.

“Kids are having a good time,” he says. “The officers are having a good time. And we kind of take it personally, too, because there’s a lot of officers here that have been at the hospital many times with their children, also.”
Smiles light faces that haven’t had much to smile about.

“I love bears, and this just made me so happy,” says a little girl, hugging a giant Teddy bear.

The special delivery eases pressure on parents, as well.

“A lot of children that are in need can benefit from this,” one mother says. “It’s something very nice. And I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas.”

Officers remove their uniform patches to help a patient share the moment.

“She collects police badges, and she is in her glory,” says her mother.

Her daughter sums it up: “It’s amazing what they do for the kids.”

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