Local/Regional News
3:21 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Police Bring A Little Holiday Cheer To Shriners Hospital

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge 4 made a special stop at Lexington’s Shriners Hospital for Children Tuesday.

Nevaeh Southern (left) and Elizabeth Albritton (right) open presents from the Fraternal Order of Police
Credit Josh James / WUKY

For the better part of a decade, Lexington police have been delivering Christmas presents to kids at Shriners and this year is no different. There are smiles all around as the kids are handed their presents by none other than Santa himself.

"It's actually pretty fun to get gifts from police officers too. It's awesome," says 12-year-old Shriner's patient Makayla Thornell.

FOP president Mike Sweeney says Makayla is one of twelve kids who received gifts this year.

"We were able to get, I think, everything that the kids wanted, to pick up for them. So it just really is a good feeling," Sweeney says.

This year the kids were specially selected by hospital staff according to need.