Parents in need are given Target GiftCards while police entertain their children

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Christmas prayers come true for more than two dozen local families.

Wednesday night, families in need were given the opportunity to splurge a little for things they need and want.

Kaysi McGuire is picking out presents for her two children, Bentley and Paisley.

“Takes a whole lot of stress off me,” said McGuire. 

Her family and 32 others in need were chosen to receive a gift card to shop at Target for necessities and presents.

“Baby live doll and Nerf guns and baby dolls, my little girl loves baby dolls and cars,” McGuire explained.

For McGuire, $250 will go a long way. “My husband’s laid off right now and I’m unemployed at the moment to so it helps a lot,” she said. 

While mom shops for an hour, her kids are being entertained by police officers. “My son, he wants to be a cop right now, so he’s so excited,” McGuire added. 

It’s all part of Christmas Prayers with a Cop. “WAY-FM radio has another charitable event called Christmas Prayers, families are nominated to their website and they’re vetted to see what their need is and they’re chosen that way,” explained Lt. Donny Shaw, president of the Huntsville/Madison County Fraternal Order of Police.

Christmas prayers come true for more than two dozen local families.

Not only do the families and their children receive a blessing, but the officers do, too. 

“Those children are going to go away with a big heart and a big smile and these officers that are usually out fighting crime and tough and rough, they’re going to have a soft spot in their heart and are going to be smiling also,” Shaw continued. 

Over the last 14 years more than 300 children and their families have benefited from this program. 

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