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countdown to Christmas is on, and Toledo police officers along with an
organization called Feet on the Street are gearing up to help make Christmas wishes
come true for some children in need.
is the fifth year Feet on the Street has done a special detail called the "12
Kids of Christmas." Police officers will take 50 children from Lucas County
Children's Services and give them the gift of friendship and presents for under
changing one life at a time, you know?" said Zach Stewart from Feet on the
Street. "As they say, one step at a time can change something big."
Feet on the Street program was created to help raise money to bring back the
Toledo Police Department's mounted patrol, but it has expanded to a motto of
big outreach, one step at a time. It includes events like the 12 Kids of
Christmas to bridge the gap between police and the community.
don't want the kids to be shy," said Stewart. "We don't want them to go the
wrong direction on the streets. We want them to maybe want to become a police
officer. It's part of the things that we want to get across: Being a police
officer is a good thing."
the group gets ready for this year's event, Police Officer Joe Okos says the
best part is not just seeing the interaction between the officers and kids, and
a little bit of all of that," he said. "But more, I guess, seeing the children and
how they want to spend their money on everybody but themselves. They are
special. They are great kids that we get."