Every December, an East Texas police officer dons a blue uniform of a different kind, in an effort to bring a happy Christmas to needy children in the community. Its called "Operation Blue Santa," a seasonal effort by the Longview Police Department to deliver toys to needy children in the community.
Officers collect donations, and include their own money, to buy gifts for kids that would, without the program, have little celebrate on Christmas Day.
Being part of the program is the payoff for the officers. "Operation Blue Santa" helped 42 families and provided gifts for 92 children this year, giving out thousands of dollars in presents.