Huntsville Police Department invited locals out to help spread a little holiday cheer. The HPD South Precinct held its annual “Holiday Open House”.
Free cookies, treats, and activities for families brought hundreds out. Kids were surprised when Even the grinch and Cindy Lou Who dropped by.
We spoke with Debbie Kralle, who was in costume as Cindy Lou Who. She says nothing beats the look on the kids faces when they walk up and see the costumes. Kralle adds, “They are just all smiles. They’re so excited. They’re so excited yes. And this whole event is for the children and there are so many characters for them to see and enjoy.”
The Open House was all put together by local volunteers. Officers say it’s fun for the whole family– but it serves a bigger purpose. It’s gives the community the chance to meet officers face to face.
We spoke to Captain Ken Brooks of Huntsville Police Department. He says, “Having these people come out here today, this is just awesome it just shows what kind of community we have.”
Captain Brooks adds, after the tragic loss of Officer Billy Clardy III Friday evening, this event almost didn’t happen. But he tells me, they’re here to celebrate and honor Officer Clardy’s legacy.
Captain Ken Brooks says, “We want to make sure we remember him and honor him. And we certainly think this is an event he would approve of. So we want to make sure we’re doing that for him.”
Redstone Federal Credit Union was there and collected donations for the Clardy family. They have a fund that you can donate to in order to benefit the family. The fund will be open for the next 6 months. You can donate at any branch under the “Billy Clardy Memorial Fund”.