Police chief plays Santa in Carlton
Dec 23, 2013
By Starla Pointer
Of the News-Register
It was the second year Martinez played Santa as part of his community policing efforts. Distributing stuffed bears and candy gave him a chance to get to know more youngsters and their parents in a friendly, non-threatening way, he said.
The bears came from Kay’s Jewelers, which offers its customers a chance to donate gifts for children. Some of the gifts go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; others go to law enforcement and other helping agencies for distribution to youngsters in the community.
The Carlton police department contributed candy packages with safety information, puzzles and games and a junior police identification badge.
Children were excited to see the police chief and accept the gifts. Little Carter Comella, who just turned 2, was especially happy — not just by the stuffed bear, but by the police car itself. He was all smiles as the police chief showed him the inside.
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