Nearly 70 children receive Christmas gifts from Cops for Kids

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Kenya Chambers, center, searches boxes of toys for her children, Kiara, 12, and Malayshia, 6, during this morning’s Cops for Kids toy drive.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 09:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Although the rain may have slightly changed their plan, Crestview police still distributed toys to children during this morning’s Cops for Kids toy drive.

"Weather-wise, it was a challenge, but other than that it went great," event organizer Lt. Eddie Lehneis said. "We got rid of everything, which is what we wanted to do."

Crestview police handed out stuffed animals, coloring books and toy cars, among other items, to children from lower-income households.

This year's donations came from local businesses like Walmart and Dollar General and local organizations including Sharing and Caring, Lehneis said.

 Lehneis also enlisted the help of officers’ children and Explorer members, children interested in a law enforcement career who help with several community events. Currently, the program has eight local members, he said. 

One of his three children, Haillee Lehneis, 15, was present to help hand out toys.

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