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Santa partners with LVMPD to make sure children have gifts on Christmas morning

Santa Clause traded in his sleigh today, landing in Las Vegas with this sweet ride, a LVMPD helicopter! More than 150 kids got to witness the landing ahead of this year’s ‘Santa Cops’ The kids are headed in the store for their shopping spree, just in time for Christmas. (Kyndell Kim | KSNV)

On Saturday, Dec. 15, Santa traded in his sleigh for a helicopter, and it wasn’t reindeer getting him sky high.

Rudolph gets to take the day off thanks to the help from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Officers with the LVMPD are once again doing their part to ensure that no local child is left without a gift on this year’s Christmas morning with their annual Santa Cops event.

This year's event took place early Saturday morning at one local Walmart, located at 4505 W. Charleston Boulevard.

Since the 90s, officers have loaded kids in carts and toured toy aisles for a Christmas shopping spree.

Many of the kids are handpicked by patrolling officers who have met them in darker times while out responding to calls.

This year, invitations were also sent to local foster children brought in by the ‘Court Appointed Special Advocate’ program, also known as CASA.

Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank said, “Many of these children and their families will not have anything for Christmas if it wasn’t for an event like this.”

Four-year-old King Jordan Coleman is one of nearly 170 kids who took part in this year’s Santa Cops, and his Christmas list is straight forward, “I like to play with cars and bears!”

Thanks to fundraising and sponsors, 2018 brought the event’s largest turnout ever.

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