MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: McCordsville police wrap up Christmas for families

The back of a police vehicle doubles as Santa's sleigh as the officers prepare to deliver the gifts. Submitted photo

MCCORDSVILLE — For the third year in a row, the McCordsville Police Department and Meijer teamed up to brighten children’s Christmas with their annual Holiday with Heroes gift-giving event.

Meijer donated funds to provide gifts to families in need while the officers did the shopping and passed out Christmas presents to the children Sunday, Dec. 13.

The effort was able to help 11 children in the McCordsville area.

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Due to the pandemic and the need to consider the safety of the families and officers, MPD officers went shopping without the families. They wrapped the gifts and then delivered them to the children.

“Our officers were very sad we couldn’t all shop together, but we were very happy that we were able to find a way to keep this program going,” Detective Aaron Watts said.

The police department thanked Meijer, without whose help the department could not have run this year’s campaign.

“The business and their generous donation made it possible to provide presents for many McCordsville children,” Watts said.

Watts said the department already is excited for next year in hopes they can once again work with Meijer and enjoy the event with the children in person to show the community local officers are there to support them.