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Louisville and Jeffersontown officers deliver $13,000 worth of gifts to sick children

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Packed shoulder to shoulder, Louisville and Jeffersontown officers crowded into a room filled with toys Monday morning.

They took time out from patrolling the streets for a holiday mission, making a special delivery to kids at Norton Children's Hospital.

With bags and wagons loaded with presents, the officers went room to room, visiting more than 170 kids.

"This is probably one of my most favorite days of the year," said Lt. Kim Burbank with River City FOP. "It's a time where we can truly give back to the community.

The first stop of the day was to the oncology unit, where they saw 9-year-old Skylar, whose father is a Louisville EMT.

"He's our brother, and we're a family, and we're going to make sure he knows that his family is our family and that they're going to be taken care of," Lt. Burbank said.

As they drooped off gifts, Skylar's smile was all the officers needed.

"It's more of a gift for us to visit them than it is for them to receive gifts from us," Lt. Burbank said.

While Skylar hopes to be going home for Christmas between treatments, other kids might not be so lucky. For many, this is the only time they'll get to visit with Santa this year.

"It's overwhelming, it's emotional but it is the most gratifying feeling to bring a smile to these kids face and their parents' face even just for a moment," Lt. Burbank said.

The River City and Jeffersontown FOPs bought about $13,000 worth of gifts.

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