Boaz Police officers make Christmas brighter for kids in need

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BOAZ, Ala. -- Christmas is a little brighter for some Marshall County families, thanks to a group of men and women who promised to protect and serve.

The Boaz Police Training Center isn't used for that purpose right now. It's currently full of wishes.

Boaz Police officers sold t-shirts to give Christmas to kids in need across the city. The sales garnered about $800 in profit.

Officers partnered up with the city's school system to determine children in need. Several kids needed shoes, so that went on the list, and some families also asked for help.

"We had some money left over after making the purchases for the kids at the city schools, so we were able to help two families so far here in the city for Christmas for their kids," Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin said.

Gaskin says this is a way to add to what the Marshall County Christmas Coalition does each year. "The Coalition does a great job, but they can only do so much, so we want to be there to help support them and make sure every kid that can possibly be helped is helped," Gaskin added.

To top it all off, donations poured in. "Anytime there's anybody in need, especially kids, we always get a really good response from the community, and it just shows what kind of good people live around here," Gaskin said, "This is one of the days that makes you proud to be able to do what you do."

The department is going to work with the city's school system to make sure all of the donations get to the kids who need it this holiday. Officers also hope to help a local family that had a house fire recently.