• Local police officers deliver presents to kids spending Christmas at hospital


    PITTSBURGH - A group of police officers loaded their patrol cars with toys on Friday and delivered them to kids spending Christmas at Children’s Hospital.

    The officers played Santa and stacked toys under a big Christmas tree in the lobby of the hospital.

    “We just want children here to know that every present they open, our thoughts and prayers are with them this Christmas,” Aspinwall Police Officer Dave Nemac said.

    Nemac founded the Presents From Police event last year, and he said this year’s gifts were more impressive than he imagined.

    Nemac said police raised about $4,000 in donations to buy the presents.

    “It makes you feel good this time of year, especially with what happened in Connecticut. It’s the least we could do,” Sharpsburg Police Chief Leo Rudzki said.

    Each child at the hospital will receive a bag of toys and whatever is left over will be used during the year for birthdays and special events.

    “We do see the worst, but we also see the best in people, and this is when we see the best,” Fox Chapel Police Chief David Laux said.

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