By Lori Fullbright, News On 6
TULSA, OK -- Santa's helpers were wearing, blue, green and brown on Monday, as they helped with the North Pole Computer Project.
The program refurbishes computers all year long, to give to children who are recommended by their schools.
Eighty-seven computers were given out by 10 police departments and sheriff's offices.
First, the wrapping.
Police officers, wives and explorers worked the assembly lines to get the rows of computers wrapped and ready for delivery.
The computers were transported from PC Power's headquarters to the Tulsa police F.O.P lodge for free by Two Fellas and a Big Vehicle.
Once wrapped, the refurbished computers were loaded into squad cars so they could arrive at their destination with care.
Teachers helped PC Power select deserving students and on one trip, it was a fifth grader at Roosevelt elementary and his brother, a seventh grader at Madison.
Alonzo and Marcellus Fuselier are excited about having their first ever computer at home, but their grandmother is really excited.
"Officer Allison called and he was telling me about it. I screamed and hollered and it was so exciting, very exciting and I'm excited now," said Aubra Ware.
Their father agrees and sees the computer as a way to help the boys do their homework and stay competitive with their classmates.
"Education is very important to me and my boys do understand that and worked very hard to maintain a good grade," said Keenan Fuselier.
In addition to helping young students, the police love the image of being Santa's helper and not just someone who responds in a time of crisis.
"I love the police department, not only for doing this, but, also protecting and serving. I pray for them all the time. They're great, great," said Ware.
This project was started by Tulsa officer Glenn DeWeese in 2003. He passed away last year.
His non-profit group, PC Power has given more than 1,000 computers to children and disabled grownups in Oklahoma.