Children impacted by COVID get Christmas wishes during shopping spree with Wake County sheriff
Posted December 12, 2020 2:32 p.m. EST
Updated December 12, 2020 10:29 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — On Saturday morning, the Wake County Sheriff and his deputies played Santa, taking a group of children shopping for Christmas gifts.
Sheriff Gerald Baker hosted the 'Shop with a Sheriff' event to help brighten the holidays for children in need of a little extra joy.
Some of the children invited to the shopping spree came from families struggling with loss of income due to the pandemic, who just hoped to have something under the tree for their kids.
One man, the father of a 5-year-old and 7-month-old, had lost his job as a church musician and was finding it difficult to provide the Christmas joy his kids deserved.
One 12-year-old girl lost her mother to cancer several years ago – and then tragically lost her father to a heart attack earlier this year. Her aunt said she just wants her to have a normal Christmas.
Even having faced a tough year, the kids were all-smiles under their masks while searching for their favorite Christmas toys.
Baker and his deputies hoped their efforts would help provide a memorable holiday for these eight families who needed an extra dose of holiday magic.