Marion, Miss. The Marion Police Department took to the streets Tuesday. But this time, they weren't chasing criminals, rather they were spreading holiday cheer.
The department took toys, hams, and candy to needy families in Marion.
Police Chief Randall Davis says he wants people to know police officers are there for the community, and wants the kids to know that police are there to help them.
"As adults, we were all once kids before we know what we expected for Christmas," said Chief Davis. "What we're trying to do is make sure these kids have a happy Christmas. Because one thing we need to remember is we're trying to teach these kids that we're here to help them. They're our future."
The toys that were distributed were collected just a little over a month ago at a toy drive Marion police hosted at Penny's Flea Market and Antiques. Penny Kennedy says what the police department is doing is a great thing.
"This is just something we wanted to do to give back to the town of Marion," said Kennedy.
Randall says that this isn't just about the children in Marion, but all children, because the kids are the future of this country.
"We need to keep that in mind every day. Like I said, it's not just going to stop today. We have got to keep teaching to help these kids out for the future. Not only are they the future for the state of Mississippi, but the whole United States so we need to keep that in mind."