Christmas Comes Early when Cops Deliver Computers

Monday, December 19th 2005, 4:39 pm
By: News On 6

Some of Santa's helpers were dressed in blue police uniforms today.

Tulsa Police officers delivered 53 computers to surprised boys and girls.

News on 6 anchor Lori Fullbright went along on this year's North Pole Project.

Santa's elves were busy loading up computers for delivery to good little boys and girls. They will go to more than 130 children, most of them around 12 years old.

These Pentium-III 700's come complete with a color monitor, CD player, speakers, keyboard, a mouse and educational software.

Officer Brent Sanders is a school resource officer who is delivering the computers... this family has three children, ages nine, seven and five.

The girls were shy, but, Michael was ready to open his present.

Michael uses a computer at school, but, didn't have one at home to help him with his homework or improving his reading and math skills - until now.

This program has an added benefit. In addition to helping children have the tools they need to succeed, both children and grown-ups get to see police officers in a friendlier light.

"It's a great program," says Officer Brent Sanders. "It lets the children see we're their friend and that we do more than just take people to jail."

Michael's mom had never heard of the program until she received a phone call from PC Power telling her, her children had been selected to receive a computer.

A program started by one officer with a dream has grown into a full-blown project that makes lots of dreams come true.