NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Christmas cheer was spread at the Police Department today. Volunteers wrapped gifts for "Santa Cop" Nursing students from Mid Plains Community College and other volunteers wrapped presents at the Police Station to be given to families.
Beth Kerr with the North Platte Police Department says they are delivering to about 35 families this year, They're wrapping around 1100 gifts. All of the gifts and wrapping necessities are donated by the community.
"Anytime there's a need, people always arise to help fill that need. Just like as nurses, we come into people's lives in their most vulnerable moment. And the community is just like a team of nurses, we come in and we help people and we lift them up in their most vulnerable moments," said nursing student volunteers.
The Police and Lincoln County Sheriff's Department will be delivering the gifts over the next two weeks. The program partners with the Salvation Army to select the families. The Santa Cop tradition was started in 1985 and they plan to continue this tradition every year. The volunteers say it is a very rewarding and humbling experience knowing they're making a child's Christmas better just by wrapping gifts.