Today was a beautiful day in Mission, Texas. The sun was out; but it was not hot. It was the perfect day for the 5th Annual Kops for Kids event held at the Mission Police Department. The event is organized by the Mission Police Department and the Mission Crime Stoppers. Kops for Kids gives out gifts and other items to needy families in the area, which covers Mission and the rest of western Hidalgo county.
Sgt. Martin Garza, Jr., the Public Information Officer for the Mission Police Department and Coordinator for Mission Crime Stoppers, stated that they estimate the event serves about 400 families, each having 3 to 5 children. So, in all, perhaps 1,500 children received gifts this year thanks to Kops for Kids. In addition to toys for children, Kops for Kids handed out food such as turkey, canned goods and mashed potatos to families.
On arrival, you could see a large crowd congregated in front of the Mission Police Department. Amongst the people, you could see McGruff the crime dog and Santa Claus. In the line were parents waiting patiently with their children for their turn. There was music and balloons to help keep the attendees entertained. At the other end of the line, you could see boys and girls playing with their new toys. Some played with toy cars and trucks. There were also bikes and trikes given out.
Sgt. Garza was pleased with the turnout. "We are grateful to the business owners and volunteers who donated time, money, and toys in order to make this event such a success," said Sgt. Garza with a sincere look of gratitude.