HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison County law enforcement officers are doing all they can this holiday season to make sure children get their Christmas wish. It's the tenth year for "Christmas Prayers with a Cop," where Madison County law enforcement entertain the kids, while parents get to check off the Christmas list.
Nine families, and 22 children, are being helped this year. The money is raised by the Fraternal Order of Police year-round, then donated to Way FM 88.1, who chooses the families that need some Christmas cheer.
"This is where the officers get to have a positive influence in the kids' lives and be someone they can depend on," said Sergeant Donny Shaw.
The children and cops get to color and eat snacks, while parents like Mary and Michael Thomas shop for their kids.
Mary and her husband particularly needed the donation this year. Their 10-year-old son Wyatt has been battling cancer for the past 8 months.
"We’ve been going back and forth to Birmingham all the time which takes a lot of money and takes a lot of time and we really, really appreciate the help," said Mary.
Wyatt wanted a video game this year, and his sister wanted new winter boots. They're small gifts that will bring joy to a family who has struggled most of the year, and will add one more blessing to their lives this Christmas.
"We almost lost him several times this year, but now we found out just yesterday there are no more cancer cells and he doesn’t have to have any more chemo."
Christmas Prayers with a Cop serves about 25 families each year.