ORLANDO, Fla. – Each week on News 6 at Nine, News 6 likes to share some good news about Orlando-area first responders.
This week, five local agencies in Central Florida shared pleasant stories -- holiday style -- on social media.
Troopers in the Orlando area kicked off the holiday season by taking part in St. Cloud's annual Christmas parade. The Florida Highway Patrol shared pictures of the celebrations on Twitter and reminded members of the community to keep safety a top priority.
Ocala police shared a story of a father-daughter duo who are truly recognizing the season as one of giving. Officers said they stopped by and donated $500 to go toward an organization that provides toys to children on Christmas, after a Grinch stole the money that was raised. Another man also made a generous donation of $250, helping make even more Christmas miracles possible. Police cheered the donors on for turning a negative into a positive.
AND OUR HEARTS GREW THREE SIZES THIS DAY.— Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) December 1, 2018
Tim Phillips and his daughter Saniah stopped by the PD to donate $500 to Toys for Tots; replacing funds stolen by a real-life Grinch. James Rogers pitched in with an extra $250. Way to turn a negative into a positive! #Leadingbyexample pic.twitter.com/sjkgOmLp7m
Sheriff Mike Chitwood and his deputies in Volusia County are also getting results for children this Christmas by inviting 25 families to a Walmart in DeLand and letting them pick out some of their favorite items. The children looked ecstatic to participate in the annual Shop with a Cop event and, of course, so did the deputies.
We had another great Shop With A Deputy day today, part of the Sheriff’s annual series of holiday programs. @SheriffChitwood and Warden Jeremy Harris joined us with 25 families at Walmart in DeLand. Thanks to all who support this effort! pic.twitter.com/0ko0XQWg8w— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) December 2, 2018
Officers in Sanford took part in a similar shopping event with a special family who couldn't make it to the department's annual event over the weekend. The officers took the time to shop with the family at Walmart and let the young girls pick some of the items at the top of their wish lists. What a great memory for both the family and officers to remember this holiday.
Sunday, officers on Delta squad met the Perez family at Walmart, and had Cops for Christmas with the kids since they couldn't attend on Saturday.— Sanford Police (@SanfordPolice) December 3, 2018
The family was so grateful to the Sanford Police Department, FOP, and The Lady's of 327!#Kids #SPD #DeltaSquad #Christmas pic.twitter.com/IRnJnCCLDM
A school resource officer at Meadowlane Primary School came through for a kindergarten class that had just made a gingerbread house before its gingerbread men escaped. The officer took missing gingerbread men reports from the students and eventually found the missing cookies playing on the playground and returned them to the classroom in time to save Christmas. The West Melbourne Police Department shared pictures of the fiasco on Facebook.
For more on these feel-good stories and to see other stories that highlight the good news in Central Florida, watch News 6 at Nine Wednesdays starting at 9 a.m.