Friday, hundreds of students from the Northwoods Fine Arts Academy are taking home toys from school today because of donations from Tulsa County Deputies.
“I said something special is coming and you’ll be able to pick out some gifts," said Laura Hamilton.
Hamilton is the principal at the academy and was worried the pandemic might cancel this annual event.
“I just chalked it up to one more thing of 2020. So when they got ahold of us, I was just thrilled. Having everyone in the cafeteria and seeing outsiders being able to come in it does give some normalcy to the kiddos," said Hamilton.
The adults are just as excited to provide thousands of toys for these kids.
“A lot of these kids don’t get a whole lot for Christmas," said LaMont Hill.
Hill is the President of the Tulsa County Fraternal Order of Police. With no kids of his own, this event is how he's spreading Christmas spirit.
“This is my favorite deal of the year. I worked till 12:30 last night. Got right back up at 7 this morning to come out here because I couldn’t miss it," said Hill.
Hill said deputies pitched in some of their own money and they receive donations from the national guard and other local organizations to help pull this off. The kids may no know what happens behind the scenes to make this possible, but they’re appreciative of everyone who made this happen.
"Seeing these kids being happy, coming up, saying thank you and Merry Christmas and giggling. With the burdens that we’ve all had on us this year this is a day and I hope that moving forward this can be a start of getting these back to normal," said Sheriff Vic Regalado.