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Blue goes red: North Brooklyn authorities join Santa to deliver toys to tots

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Sharing is caring: Jamani Pearson-Dudley and Sariah Clarke check out their new gifts.
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Friendly Christmas Spider-Man: The superhero surveys the scene atop a police car.
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The gift of giving: A police officer hands out a gift to a youngster.
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They can’t wait to unwrap it: A police officer distributes gifts to the kids.

They’re commanders in cheer!

New York’s Finest doubled as Santa’s helpers on Thursday, handing out gifts to youngsters during Patrol Borough Brooklyn North’s second-annual toy giveaway at the Bushwick station house. And the jolly old elf himself showed up to surprise the lucky tots, who were elated to see the man in red after some heavy traffic presumably delayed his arrival from the North Pole, according to a man in blue.

“Everyone was excited when we made the announcement that Santa was a couple minutes out, despite the long wait,” said Oscar Lopez, a community-affairs officer from the 83rd Precinct. “It was very nice.”

Officers from precincts across North Brooklyn teamed up to collect hundreds of presents that they doled out to more than 3,000 underprivileged and sick kids.

The local heroes invited some of their more famous, super counterparts including Superman and Spiderman to the shindig, where they played with the tots, hoisted them up on Santa’s sleigh for a ride, and passed out tasty snacks and hot chocolate, Lopez said.

One tyke who unwrapped a scrapbooking kit at the drive couldn’t wait to get home and start crafting, according to her mom.

“She’s been playing with it,” Lynette Pearson said of her 8-year-old daughter Jamani Pearson-Dudley. “It was nice.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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