For ten years, the Tyler Police Department has been giving foster children bicycles at Christmas, and this year was no exception.
Nearly 70 bikes were given to foster children aided by the Bair Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to helping children from troubled families.
"SWATA" Claus arrived in a SWAT van and helped the children to their new wheels. The money was raised by Tyler Police and BancorpSouth.
"It's the least we can do to give back to the kids and let them see us in a different light," said David Hall, a sergeant with the Tyler Police Department. "Most of them have seen us in a bad light to begin with, so this effort allows us to interact with the children on a basis where we're not the bad guy that's removing them, we're not the bad guy that's taking mom and dad away. So it just allows us to interact and just be with the kids and see that we are good guys."
This year they gave away 20 more bikes and trikes than last year.
You can donate to the fund all year long by contacting the Tyler Police Department.