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Goodfellow joins SAPD for Operation Blue Santa

Newly wrapped presents at the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event sit ready to be taken home in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. All of the wrapping supplies were provided through donations for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Newly wrapped presents at the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event sit ready to be taken home in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. All of the wrapping supplies were provided through donations for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

A police officer participating in Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop shows off his blue santa hat complete with a police badge in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. This year there were multiple groups of children who shopped for their families with the police officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

A police officer participating in Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop shows off his blue santa hat complete with a police badge in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. This year there were multiple groups of children who shopped for their families with the police officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

A child and his San Angelo police officer shopping partner walk while discussing what else they need to buy during the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. Each child who signed up for the event shopped with a police officer to purchase gifts for their family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

A child and his San Angelo police officer shopping partner walk while discussing what else they need to buy during the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. Each child who signed up for the event shopped with a police officer to purchase gifts for their family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Volunteers wrap gifts purchased during the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. Refreshments were provided for the volunteers and participants at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Volunteers wrap gifts purchased during the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. Refreshments were provided for the volunteers and participants at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

A San Angelo police officer talks with a child about their shopping list during the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. The children were able to pick out gifts for various family members and also themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

A San Angelo police officer talks with a child about their shopping list during the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. The children were able to pick out gifts for various family members and also themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Participants and volunteers at the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, stand for a group photo before beginning shopping Dec. 14, 2019. After shopping volunteers also wrapped any presents for the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Participants and volunteers at the Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop event in San Angelo, Texas, stand for a group photo before beginning shopping Dec. 14, 2019. After shopping volunteers also wrapped any presents for the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Children talk to Santa during Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. This is the 12th year that the San Angelo Coalition of Police coordinated with stores to help children shop for their families. (U.S. Air Forc photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

Children talk to Santa during Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 14, 2019. This is the 12th year that the San Angelo Coalition of Police coordinated with stores to help children shop for their families. (U.S. Air Forc photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

Celebrating 12 years of doing what they can to brighten the holidays for children in the community, the San Angelo Coalition of Police put one more year of Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop under their belts. This year members from Goodfellow Air Force Base joined in the effort for the first time.

The program takes place all across the nation where local police work with local school districts to find children in need during the holiday season and help them. For the San Angelo Coalition of Police, that means that they take the children shopping buying presents for family members and even for the children themselves.

“This is my second year helping with the event,” said San Angelo Police Department Officer Rodney Mitchell. “My favorite part is just taking the kids around and seeing them buy gifts for everyone that they want.”

After shopping with the police officers the children could also have all of their gifts wrapped before leaving the store by other volunteers.

“It is super cool to have everyone out here,” said first-time volunteer San Angelo Police Officer Marius Cobbs. “Hopefully the base can continue to be involved in the event.”

This was also the first year that due to donations SACOP was able to help some base families that had loved ones who are not going to be home for the holidays.