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TPD shops with kids for Christmas

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The countdown to Christmas is on, and Toledo police officers along with an organization called Feet on the Street are gearing up to help make Christmas wishes come true for some children in need.

This is the fifth year Feet on the Street has done a special detail called the "12 Kids of Christmas." Police officers will take 50 children from Lucas County Children's Services and give them the gift of friendship and presents for under the tree.

"You're changing one life at a time, you know?" said Zach Stewart from Feet on the Street. "As they say, one step at a time can change something big."

The Feet on the Street program was created to help raise money to bring back the Toledo Police Department's mounted patrol, but it has expanded to a motto of big outreach, one step at a time. It includes events like the 12 Kids of Christmas to bridge the gap between police and the community.

"We don't want the kids to be shy," said Stewart. "We don't want them to go the wrong direction on the streets. We want them to maybe want to become a police officer. It's part of the things that we want to get across: Being a police officer is a good thing."

As the group gets ready for this year's event, Police Officer Joe Okos says the best part is not just seeing the interaction between the officers and kids, and giving back.

"It's a little bit of all of that," he said. "But more, I guess, seeing the children and how they want to spend their money on everybody but themselves. They are special. They are great kids that we get."

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