|Updated: 12/18/2013 11:02 am
||Published: 12/18/2013 11:01 am
State troopers from around northeastern Oklahoma gathered in Tulsa Wednesday, to conduct their annual "Christmas Teddy Bear giveaway".
The troopers escorted Santa to visit Tulsa hospitals where sick and injured children will be given an OHP Teddy Bear and a hug from Santa Claus.
"Some of Oklahoma's kids will be forced to remain in the hospital throughout Christmas, forcing them to miss out on many of the holiday activities which healthy kids enjoy. Most of the children we visit are very sick or injured, some even unable to get out of bed, so we want to bring Christmas to them and help brighten their holiday season", stated OHP Captain George Brown.
Troopers in Tulsa and throughout northeastern Oklahoma have sponsored and carried out this program for nearly 20 years now. The teddy bears are purchased by the Oklahoma State Trooper's Association and donated to the children.
"All of the State Troopers who participate in this event, say it is one of the highlights of their public service career. When we give those kids their Teddy Bear and that sick child's eyes light up when they see Santa walk into the room...it fills our hearts with joy, and we know we're making a difference" stated Brown.