EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Police Department made sure local kids had a few early Christmas presents this year.
Officers were at the Civic Center Wednesday night to hand out thousands of gifts to local kids and their families.
Drivers began lining up a 5 p.m., and cars stretched for blocks throughout the event.
EPD Officer Philip Smith says the large turnout is a good sign for police.
“People are coming out - and that just speaks to the relationship the Evansville Police Department has built with our entire community, locally and out of state,” said Officer Smith. “That just speaks to that. We’re so grateful for the relationship we have with our community. We’re such a community-oriented police department that this is one of the few times we get to see people. So we totally embrace the opportunity to see people and have them come out and say hello.”
The gifts were donated through a partnership with the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Jakks Pacific Toy Company.