Cops to Tots delivers presents

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The Socorro Police Department will make sure some local children's wishes come true this Christmas through the Cops to Tots program. The 19th annual Cops to Tots not only delivers presents to children, they deliver smiles as well.

Last year, 400 children in Socorro County received gifts from Cops to Tots, said Socorro Police Department Capt. Angel Garcia. Garcia has been in charge of Cops to Tots for 13 years.

The Socorro Police Department has forms available for people to submit the name of a child who may need a gift this holiday season along with their age and address, he said. Cops to Tots delivers gifts for children ages 1 to 12, and works with Children, Youth and Families and Socorro schools to find additional children who may need gifts, he said.

Donations can be dropped off at the Socorro Police Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or given to a police officer. The gifts will be delivered to children's homes by Santa on Dec. 20, he said.

"Everything about it is a good program," Garcia said. "Seeing their smiles, it is something I like to do."

The police department gets volunteers who help out with toy collections. People can donate toys or money.

Garcia said the county and business owners made the program as successful as it is today. The Socorro Police Department will also choose one or two families in Socorro County and take them shopping for their Christmas needs, he said. Families can shop for things like shoes, socks, underwear and toys.

"I am glad I can do this with all my patrol officers and detectives and with my wife and my family," Garcia said. "We all give our time to do this, to make a difference — to put smiles on children's faces. It makes me feel good inside."